By Rob Kelly
Chuks Aneke says making his first-team debut last year was "just the tip of the iceberg" for him - and he is determined to make further strides forward this season.
The 19-year-old came on in the closing moments of Arsenal's League Cup victory against Shrewsbury Town in September, and relished every moment of it.
The midfielder is likely to appear for the Under-21s against Bolton at Emirates Stadium on Monday, and hopes to do enough to make the step up into Arsène Wenger's side again this season.
"It was really good [to make my debut], it was like all the hard work, all the training down the years had paid off," Aneke told Arsenal.com.
"I was on the bench and warming up for about 30 minutes, so I was itching to get on. Obviously when I got the nod to come on I was really excited about playing in front of of all those fans because that has been my dream since I was a young boy.
"But [that game] was just the tip of the iceberg for me, I want to go on to do bigger and better things for this club. I have a lot to achieve and accomplish this season."
Aneke was included in the Arsenal party that toured the Far East, and scored the winner in the opening game against a Malaysia XI. Now he hopes that experience will help him step up on a more regular basis.
"I am 19 now, and I've been on tour with the first team so I can't complain!" he said. "There are a good bunch of us who have come through the academy and are doing well at the moment, so I just hope I can keep progressing and get into the first team.
"I have matured as a player over the last few years. As you go through the ranks, you learn new things and the game becomes different. You have to adapt to that."
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