Chuks Aneke

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Chuks Aneke
Personal information
Full name Chukwuemeka Ademola Amachi Aneke[1][2]
Date of birth (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Newham, London, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zulte Waregem
Number 26
Youth career
2001–2010 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Arsenal 0 (0)
2011–2012 Stevenage (loan) 6 (0)
2012 Preston North End (loan) 7 (1)
2012–2013 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 30 (6)
2013–2014 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 40 (14)
2014– Zulte Waregem 15 (1)
National team
2008 England U16 5 (0)
2009–2010 England U17 7 (3)
2010 England U18 1 (0)
2011 England U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Chukwuemeka Ademola Amachi "Chuks" Aneke (born 3 July 1993) is an English footballer of Nigerian descent who plays as a midfielder for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Pro League. He has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 levels.[3]

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Aneke joined Arsenal in 2001, age seven, and progressed through the ranks.[4] He made his reserves debut against Maidenhead United in a pre-season friendly on 28 July 2009.[5] Both Aneke and Benik Afobe were offered the chance to visit FC Barcelona's training base with view to signing for them.[6] However, he signed a professional contract with Arsenal in July 2010.[4]

Ahead of 2011–12 season, Aneke signed a contract extension with the club.[7] He scored for Arsenal's reserve side in friendly victories against Woking, Hastings United, and Stevenage respectively.[8][9][10] He made his competitive first-team debut for Arsenal in the club's 3–1 League Cup victory against Shrewsbury Town on 20 September 2011, coming on as a 90th minute substitute in the match.[11]

Loan to Stevenage[edit]

Aneke joined League One side Stevenage on 22 November 2011,[12] on a loan deal until 22 January 2012.[13][14] He made his debut for the club on 26 November, in Stevenage's 0–0 home draw with Walsall,[15] playing 57 minutes of the match before being replaced by Darius Charles.[16] Aneke was sent-off for a high-footed challenge in a 1–0 defeat to Leyton Orient on 2 January 2012, resulting in a three-game suspension.[17] It was later announced, on 20 January, that Aneke would remain on loan at Stevenage until March 2012, with a view to extending the loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[18][19]

Aneke returned to his parent club on 5 March, and, on the same day, scored in a 2–0 reserve victory against Chelsea reserves.[20]

Loan to Preston North End[edit]

Linking-up with his manager at Stevenage, Graham Westley, on 22 March 2012 Aneke joined League One team Preston North End on-loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[21] On 24 March he made a scoring debut in a 1–1 draw against Bury.[22] He went on to start once more before dropping to the bench for the subsequent six games.

Loans to Crewe Alexandra[edit]

In September 2012, Aneke joined Crewe on a month's loan, making his debut as a second-half substitute against Tranmere Rovers on 8 September. He started the following fixture, away at Stevenage, but received a second-half red card for a two-footed tackle, serving a three-match suspension. On 5 October 2012, Aneke extended his loan spell at Crewe for a further month He has been a star man for Crewe Alexandra, being their top goal scorer in his second season with them. There is speculation that he might even move on a permanent deal.,[23] and scored for Crewe the following day in a 2–1 home league win over Hartlepool United.[24] On 12 November, the loan period was extended by a further month.[25] The loan expired on 21 January 2013,[26] but after a brief return to Arsenal he re-joined Crewe Alexandra for the rest of the season on 31 January 2013.

On 2 August 2013, Aneke re-joined Crewe Alexandra on a six month loan from Arsenal.[27] On 8 November 2013, Aneke's loan at Crewe was extended until the remainder of the season.[28]

Zulte Waregem[edit]

On 21 June 2014, Zulte Waregem announced the signing of Aneke on a three-year contract following his release by Arsenal.[29]

Style of play[edit]

Aneke is a player not known for his pace, but the ability to see a pass and physical strength. He has been compared to former Arsenal teammate Abou Diaby.[30][31] Arsène Wenger also compared his style of play as similar to that of Manchester City's Yaya Touré,[12] a player that Wenger had intended to sign in 2005 but failed when the player could not secure a work permit.[32]

International career[edit]

Aneke has represented England at various youth levels.[33] He was part of the England U-17 squad that qualified for the 2010 European Championship. However, Aneke was not in England's squad for the finals due to injury. He was replaced by Saido Berahino as England went on to win the tournament.[34] Despite rumours that he had switched allegiances to Nigeria,[35][36] Aneke was selected for the England U-19 team for a friendly against the Netherlands.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 23 November 2014.[37][38]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Stevenage (loan) 2011–12 League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Preston North End (loan) 2011–12 League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Arsenal 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2012–13 League One 30 6 2 1 0 0 6 1 38 8
Arsenal 2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2013–14 League One 40 14 1 0 1 1 2 1 44 16
Zulte Waregem 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 14 1 4 1 18 2
Career totals 97 22 3 1 2 1 4 1 8 2 114 27

Personal Life[edit]

He is good friends with Oldham Athletic striker Dominic Poleon [39]

Honours[edit]

Arsenal
International
Crewe Alexandra

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "England and Wales births 1837–2006 search results". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chuks Aneke". http://www.thefa.com/. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Aneke signs professional terms with Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Maidenhead United 1–7 Arsenal XI". Arsenal F.C. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal Ready for Double Barcelona Raid: Starlets Afobe and Aneke Wanted". Caught Offside. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Young defender Carl Jenkinson joins Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Woking 0–3 Arsenal XI". Arsenal F.C. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hastings United 0–9 Arsenal XI". Arsenal F.C. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Stevenage 0–1 Arsenal XI". Arsenal F.C. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Arsenal 3–1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Stevenage sign Arsenal youngster Chuks Aneke on loan". BBC Sport. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chuks Aneke signs loan deal". Stevenage F.C. 22 November 2011. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Aneke completes loan move to Stevenage". Arsenal F.C. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Stevenage FC 0–0 Walsall". Stevenage F.C. 26 November 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Stevenage 0–0 Walsall". BBC Sport. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Stevenage 0–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Madjo out, Aneke in". Stevenage F.C. 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Clarification on Aneke deal". Stevenage F.C. 30 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Reserve League: Chelsea 0–2 Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Preston North End sign Chuks Aneke from Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Preston 1–1 Bury". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Arsenal Starlet Extends Loan Spell at Crewe". Daily Star. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Crewe 2 – 1 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Crewe Alexandra: Chuks Aneke extends loan from Arsenal". BBC Sport, 12 November 2012. BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  26. ^ "Football: Fingers crossed Murphy stays – Baker". Crewe Chronicle. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Arsenal's Chuks Aneke re-joins on six-month loan". BBC Sport. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "Chuks Extends Loan". Crewe Alexandra Official Website. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  29. ^ "Transfer News: Former Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke joins Zulte Waregem". http://www1.skysports.com/. BSkyB. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Arsenal have the 'new Diaby'". GiveMeFootball. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  31. ^ "Chuks Aneke happy to model game on Arsenal teammate Diaby". Tribal Football. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "Wenger – Aneke reminds me of Man City star". Arsenal F.C. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  33. ^ "FA Profile – Chuks Aneke". TheFA.com. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  34. ^ "Berahino takes his chance for England". UEFA.com. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  35. ^ "Nigeria to call up Arsenal youngster Chuks Aneke for Argentina friendly". Goal.com. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  36. ^ "Nigeria target Arsenal England starlet Chuks Aneke". Tribal Football. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  37. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  38. ^ "Player profile". http://www.uefa.com/. UEFA. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  39. ^ ]https://twitter.com/Chuks_Aneke

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