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In focus: Chuks Aneke

2 August 2016

Born in Newham, Aneke joined Arsenal in 2001 at the age of seven and progressed through the Gunners’ youth ranks, breaking into the Reserve team during the 2009/10 campaign.

Aneke, who represented England at Under-16s and Under-17s level during his youth days, signed professional terms with Arsenal in July 2010 and his good form for the Reserves continued – he scored six goals and set up four in 17 appearances.

The playmaker began the following campaign by scoring three goals in five games for the Reserves, form which earned him his first senior appearance for Arsenal in an EFL Cup clash with Shrewsbury Town at Emirates Stadium.

Aneke appeared on the bench once more for the Gunners’ first team before joining Stevenage on loan in November 2011. During his two-month stay in Hertfordshire, the forward made six appearances for Boro.

Three months after returning to his parent club, Aneke sealed a loan switch to Preston North End in March and on his debut for the Lilywhites he found the net in a 1-1 draw against a Richie Barker-led Bury outfit. Aneke featured a further six times for the Deepdale club before the season’s close, including one appearance against the Dons in mid-April.

At the start of the 2012/13 campaign, Aneke made the third loan move of his career, joining Crewe Alexandra on an initial one-month deal – he ended up remaining in Cheshire for the entire season.

Aneke scored eight goals and provided as many assists in 38 appearances that season, while also helping the Railwaymen reach and win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley Stadium.

The 6ft 3in attacker re-joined Crewe in August 2013 and went on to enjoy his most productive season to date. In 44 appearances, Aneke scored 16 goals and made six assists, with 14 of those finishes coming in the league. He tallied three braces during the second-half of the season and also found the net with an excellent free-kick in a 2-0 victory over the Dons at Alexandra Stadium.

At the end of the season, Aneke left Arsenal upon the expiry of his contract and made a switch to Belgium Pro League outfit Zulte Waragem on a three-year deal.

In his first year with the Essevee, Aneke scored four goals and provided one assist in 38 appearances – the solo assist and one of the four goals came in a Europa League qualifier against Polish side Zawisza.

He started last season in good form as well, scoring twice in the opening months of the season, but a knee injury suffered at the turn of the year ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Aneke left Waragem by mutual consent this summer and after a series of negotiations opted for a move to MK1, where he will continue his rehab and look to get back playing and scoring goals as soon as possible.

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