Can Chuks Aneke play a role in the first team next season?
Last night must have been a sickening site for any Arsenal fan to see. Manchester United winning the league title is never a fact greeted with open arms in North London; but when it was your previous seasons stalwart at the centre of the title winning performance it makes matters a whole lot worse.
But those were the scenes that Gunners fans were subjected to on Monday night as Robin Van Persie’s stirring hat-trick was enough to earn a processional 3-0 victory over Aston Villa and get their hands back on the Premier League title; their thirteenth in this incarnation and 20th English championship in their history; quite apt their number ‘20’ got the job done.
So while knowing they will have to clap on their former captain this weekend when the two sides meet at The Emirates is bad enough the fact they basically saw the embodiment of their other star player to leave last summer at Old Trafford on Monday does not help.
Wayne Rooney’s superb lofted pass into the path of RVP for his sensational volleyed second was a carbon copy of the trademark passes Cameroonian international Alex Song used to make to the Dutch goal-machine.
He left for Barcelona and while that has not entirely paid off on a personal level he is also going to be collecting a league championship medal this season while a Champions League gong is also in sight.
Two of their key men leave and increase the tally of trophies won by exited Arsenal staff a little higher as once again Arsenal must wait another painstaking year to potentially get their hands on silverware; despite what has been a rousing end of season display from Arsene Wenger’s men.
However there was one Arsenal player who got his hands on a trophy this season.
He has had an excellent season at Gresty Road and has certainly not ruled out a move back to The Railwaymen next season and has sung the praises of the staff at the club:
"I can't find a bad word to say about Steve Davis or anyone else at Crewe for that matter. I've been made to feel welcome in my time here and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to play so much. I would consider a return but I'll just have to see what pans out.’’
The man compared to Yaya Toure by Wenger himself has come of age at just 19-years-old in League One this season and Arsenal must be considering his long-term future with the club may include being a part of the first-team furniture next season after all, he is the only Arsenal player to win domestic silverware in a very long time.
Can Chuks Aneke play a role next season?
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