Arsenal's Ghanaian super-kid scores first goal eight months after ACL tear

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Zak Ansah has taken a major step on the road to recovery for Arsenal.

Arsenal's under-21 side netted five goals yesterday in a demolition of West Ham, and Chuba Akpom's hat-trick took all the plaudits.

Yet one player was even more delighted than the recent Coventry loanee to find the net, and that was Zak Ansah.

The speedy forward was making his first appearance since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last July, for the second time in his short career.

Simply being named on the bench in the 5-3 win against the Hammers was great progress, and so will have been delighted to come on as a late substitute for Gedion Zelalem with 17 minutes to go.

Ansah did not waste the opportunity he had been working so hard for, scoring a curling sot from the edge of the box eight minutes after coming on.

Playing alongside those who have featured for the first team, in Kristoffer Olsson, who also scored, and Thoms Eisfeld, shows just how far he has come, and fellow youth star Hector Bellerin, who had been training with the first team took to Twitter to praise his achievement.

Ansah turns 20 in May, and finds himself out of contract at the end of June. Facing an uncertain future due to his injury, his comeback is ideally timed.

He may have just enough time to earn himself an extension, or play his way towards a move to another Premier League club if his contract is not renewed.

A former England youth international, Ansah last season committed his future to Ghana, having trained previously with their under-20 squad.

After a tough and frustrating season, prospects are finally looking up for the teenage striker.

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