Miguel Azeez: Arsenal’s next midfield maestro
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Miguel Azeez of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on April 10, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Miguel Azeez is the latest Hale End academy product tipped to break into the Arsenal first team.

The 18-year-old has featured on the bench in the past two match-day squads, against Slavia Prague and Sheffield United, and looks set be a part of Mikel Arteta’s plans for next season.

Having made his first-team debut in December- a tidy seven-minute Europa League cameo versus Dundalk- Arsenal fans are excited to see him blossom in their famous red and white.

A silky, ball-playing midfielder, Azeez promises to join Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe as another successful academy graduate where he could develop into an able partner to 2020 summer signing Thomas Partey.

  • Youth career

Born in Camden, London, Azeez is a boyhood Gunner. He joined Arsenal aged five and has earned his stripes, making his way through the academy ranks.

Held in high regard at the academy, Azeez was handed his Under-18's debut aged 15 where he proved he was capable of playing up his age.

In 2018, he made his international debut for England Under 16s and has represented the Three Lions at every age through to the Under 19s- making 23 appearances in the process.

Off the back of an under-18s title-winning campaign, the youngster committed his future to the club by penning his first professional deal in September 2019.

This season he has made 16 appearances at youth level- 3 of which coming in the EFL Trophy- racking up three goals and two assists.

  • What to expect

In his brief cameo versus Dundalk, Azeez displayed his elegance on the ball but also an intent to drive the team forward.

Comfortable on playing out from the back, the midfielder has revealed that he has sculpted his playstyle on Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets.

In an interview with European football expert Guillem Balagué, Azeez said that “[Busquets] has been the best holding midfielder for a very long time.

"He always seems to have space around him, always plays with his head up, one step ahead.

"When players run at 100mph they can't really look at what is going on and sometimes you need to play with a little bit of composure. I always thought Patrick Vieira was a good player in that position as well."

After slowly being integrated into the first team, it is clear the youngster is a part of Arteta’s long-term plans.

Yet to make his Premier League debut, Gooners will be hoping to see the academy prospect in action before the season comes to a draw.

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