Gunners secure England youth international signing

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Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke has signed professional terms at the Emirates.

The 17-year-old Young Lion made his breakthrough in the Arsenal reserve side last season, and the club's official website has confirmed that the player has been rewarded for his efforts with a pro contract.

Aneke, who joined the club as a boy in 2001, is a powerful midfield player who plays the traditional box-to-box role. He managed to build on his growing reputation at the club after stepping up from youth to reserve player, and the north London side will hope Aneke can progress towards the first team.

The England youth international missed out on the U17 European Championships through injury last month, but the new contract should put that disappointment behind him.

A former captain of the Gunners' U16 side, the right footer possesses fine leadership skills with the ability to influence through both creativity and motivation.

Aneke also has the ability to score crucial goals when needed, as shown with his brace in the FA Youth cup third round tie against Crewe Alexandra last season.

Linked with Barcelona back in 2009, Wenger will hope Aneke continues to develop for his side and could be a potential star of the future at the Emirates.

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