12/13 Under-21s: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United - Chuks Aneke
12/13 Under-21s: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United - Chuks Aneke

Chuks Aneke

Chuks was released by Arsenal in June 2014 after 13 seasons with the club.

The creative midfielder joined Arsenal aged seven in 2001 and progressed through the youth ranks to become a regular for the under-21s, where his physical and combative style was compared to the likes of Abou Diaby and Yaya Toure by Arsene Wenger.

Chuks Aneke Profile

Born July 03, 1993
Newham, London
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 38
Previous Club(s) Crewe (loan), Preston (loan), Stevenage (loan)

After impressing for the reserve side, Chuks was handed his first-team debut, coming on as a 90th-minute substitute in the league cup against Shrewsbury Town in 2011.

From there, the midfielder spent time on loan at Stevenage and Preston North End before finding regular playing time during two season-long spells with Crewe Alexandra in League One. 

Chuks netted 24 times in 82 appearances for the Railwaymen and was rewarded with a place on Arsenal's pre-season tour to Asia in 2012, where he scored the winner against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

The midfielder's contract ran out in 2014 and he signed for Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem on a three-year deal.