Arsenal’s young offensive midfielder hot-shot Chuks Aneke made his breakthrough in Arsenal’s reserve team at only 18 years of age, and he also marked his first ever debut for the senior Gunners in the Carling Cup game against Shrewsbury Town. He came in as a 90th minute substitute in the club’s win against Shrewbury.
The English U-19 international offered a statement for Arsenal.com regarding his run this season.
“To be honest I haven’t really got an answer. We’ve got a lot of good players around the Club and a lot of quality so we should be winning games. For some reason it’s not going like that at the moment but I’m pretty sure that soon we will bounce back and start winning some games.”
“I haven’t really noticed a change to be honest – I think people are optimistic and looking forward to the next game. Obviously there is an international break at the moment and people are away but it’s not really any different.”
“It was a good experience to come off the bench at the Emirates [in the Carling Cup]. Obviously I had hoped for a bit longer on the pitch but it didn’t quite work out. It was a very good experience to play in front of that crowd and see how the first team works.”
“Basically I just want to play games. I am at my happiest when I’m playing football and I just want to show people how good I am. I have been playing football for a long time and that is really just my aim now.”
Aneke also told Arsenal.com about his new colleague Ryo Miyaichi’s evolution since he got to the London club.
“It is hard of course but he is a very good player. He is very quick and has a lot to offer the team. We saw the other day that he got an assist [for the Reserves] and he is a very good player. His English has developed since he first came and he is a good lad. He is doing well.”
The young top prospect might have a chance to make his way into the first Arsenal team if he continues his good evolution, given the many injuries that manager Arsene Wenger has to deal with in the midfield. Despite he did make his debut for Arsenal, the 90 minute sub-in won’t help him develop in any way and perhaps he needs a little more attention.