Arsenal youngster Aneke looking to build on first-team debut

The 19-year-old was delighted to make his professional bow last term, but insists that it was the 'tip of the iceberg,' as he looks to push for a regular place in Wenger's plans

Chuks Aneke believes the upcoming season could be a landmark for him as he looks to break into the Arsenal first team, after making his debut senior appearance in the League Cup last year.   

The midfielder came on as a late substitute in the Gunners' victory over Shrewsbury Town in September and he is now looking to make the step-up more regularly this term.

"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 the club's official website. 

"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."

The 19-year-old, who is in line to play for the Under-21s against Bolton on Monday, was part of Arsene Wenger's squad that travelled to Asia in pre-season - and he scored the winner against a Malaysia XI.

The youngster, who has spent spells on loan at Stevenage and Preston North End over the last two seasons, enjoyed his time away with the squad and reiterated his wish to cement a place in the first-team squad.

He added: "I am 19 now, and I've been on tour with the first team so I can't complain!

“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."