Arsenal have recalled Miguel Azeez from his season-long loan deal with Portsmouth.
The 19-year-old was sent to Fratton Park with a view to gaining more first team experience but hasn’t really had the game time that was expected.
Despite playing just once in League One up to November, head coach Danny Cowley stressed that the Gunners still trusted him with the development of the highly-rated midfielder.
Azeez went on to feature in five league and two FA Cup games in the space of five weeks but loan manager Ben Knapper and Per Mertesacker have seemingly decided that’s not enough.
Speaking about the midfielder’s departure, the Portsmouth boss said, “I believe this has been a fantastic stepping stone in Miguel’s journey – moving into a senior environment and playing League One football.
“I have absolutely no doubt that he’ll go on to become a top player and this will have been an important part of his development.
“He leaves here a better player and hopefully a better person. We’ve been impressed with his focus and commitment to improve.
“There are some areas of his game that are beyond this level and other areas that he needs to keep working at, as with any young player.
“I’m as excited as everyone else to see how he progresses and we wish him nothing but success moving forward.”
Despite Mikel Arteta’s current shortage of midfield options, we’re not expecting the academy graduate to be involved with the first team. We suspect another loan deal will be arranged in due course.