Confirmed: Miguel Azeez joins Portsmouth on loan

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Miguel Azeez has become the 12th Arsenal player to leave on loan this summer after agreeing to a season-long deal with Portsmouth.

The midfielder heads to Fratton Park to gain first team experience having starred for the Gunners at under-23 level.

Azeez made his Arsenal first team debut as a substitute in the Europa League win at Dundalk and was part of the squad that travelled to Scotland for pre-season.

Having helped develop Emile Smith Rowe while coach of Huddersfield, there are high hopes that Pompey boss Danny Cowley can develop Azeez’s talent in the tough and tumble of League One.

Speaking about the deal, he said, “This is a deal that we’ve been working on for the majority of the summer and so we’re delighted.

“Arsenal have been really good and we have to thank them for putting their trust in us with another young player.

“We’d worked with Emile Smith Rowe before and the loan manager Ben Knapper highlighted Miguel when we first arrived at Pompey, saying he was the next one for us to look after.

“So we’ve seen him develop since then and fallen in love with him – as you do when you see a boy who’s as talented as he is.

“You can see the hunger and humility to learn and get better, which we really like. He’s really studious and wants to find ways to improve his performance.

“We think the supporters will like Miguel and he’s very good at dribbling, while he can be a real goal threat for us as well.”

Best of luck to him at Pompey!

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EddyF

So now our midfield during the AFCON is Xhaka alongside Lokonga, with Chambers as backup?

Right… clever…

We’re so fucked.

Bobby

You’ve clearly forgotten about Kolasinac

Badaab

willian and cedric are also available

Qwaliteee

And Xhaka.

Available for Reality TV shows, Children’s parties, playground fights, etc.

Toni

Willian not any more.

J2W

Yes, the answer to our midfield backup is to play a kid with barely any senior club games to his name.

Let’s try holding this thought for a moment – January transfer window. All our answers for tomorrow, don’t need to come today. Just to be clear, ‘tomorrow’ is January.

EddyF

Well there isn’t another solution is there if AMN leaves?

Partey and Elneny will be gone from the start of January. When was the last time one of our Jan signings didn’t happen in the last couple of days?

Diaby's Left Peg

Hopefully we sign a midfielder tomorrow…

Crash Fistfight

Charlie Patino it is, then.

Viv The 🐐

Then we can oficially play the 5 -0 -5 -0 formation. That will be groundbreaking stuff.

Alan Sunderland

What makes you think he’s ready to play in the premier league. Partey been here a year and hasn’t done much. Bergkamp, pires, Henry all took a bit of time to get going and were experienced international players.

SanBas

Good luck, lad. Perhaps he could be a good option rotating with Sambi, if he has a decent full season at Pompey.

Azeez Is Good

Ma boi

Bendtnerschristmastree

A great deal for all parties, let’s hope he stays fit and plays a lot of minutes.

TomH

Good! Go get some decent game time (fingers crossed) away from the nagative mess we are creating for this season.
Return positive and ready to take a step up under a new manager.

Good luck to the man!

Santi’s Smile

Get out while you can, Azeezy.

Comedian

The next one to break through.
Good he went on loan than being part of the circus this season will be.

Daveo

Good year of experience and come back when Mikel is a goner to replace Xhaka in the squad as the ‘Konga-Partey backup.

Reiss Neverseen vs DicTetaBall

That’s the plan.😀

Announce Bendtner

Here’s to hoping he absolutely smashes it at Portsmouth and comes back to a better first team set up.

Ex gooner

The farther he is from Edu-Arteta-Kia kickback team, the better. Hopefully the 3 will be out of Arsenal when he comes back from loan.

Qwaliteee

Word. 👏

Viv The 🐐

Finally over the line. Maybe even beeing in a promotion fight and maybe getting the Pompeys promoted will be another side effect I will enjoy.
But it is seriously the best thing he can do.
I can see a new swell of young players coming into the team the next few years. Not all of them will make it. But that is much better, than we have seen in the mid 2010s.

Cranky Colin

I think all young talent should go to the Tony Pulis school of long throwing development.
Anyway, this is a good move…. hope he does well at Pompey

leon

My mood is not improved by the picture of cotton buds covered in disgusting ear wax at the bottom of this page…

Alan Sunderland

Do yourself a favour mate, and blocker.

Crash Fistfight

I always get the ad for German watches