Miguel Azeez expected to stay with Arsenal and vie for minutes in the first-team

Miguel Azeez has returned to Arsenal’s pre-season this summer and impressed manager Mikel Arteta, and he is now expected to push on and battle for senior minutes .

The 18 year-old is hotly tipped to be the next academy graduate to make his mark in the first-team, and his performance and goal in our friendly win over Watford made a statement of intent.

Football.London‘s Kay Kaynak now claims that he is set to stay with the club and aim for minutes in the first-team, although that plan could change if Granit Xhaka stays, as well as having a new signing brought in to challenge for minutes in the central midfield roles.

Dani Ceballos left the club at the end of his second loan spell this summer, while Matteo Guendouzi was sold to Marseille, although Albert Sambi Lokonga has arrived with his own intention to play, and with Xhaka, Mo Elneny and Thomas Partey also options there is no guarantee that Azeez will get a look in.

Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are still at the club at present, but are linked with exits which could allow Azeez and Lokonga to battle it out as back-ups to the senior trio, and I’m sure the majority of the Arsenal faithful will be getting behind the youngster who is tipped to do great things.

Would a loan move with further first-team guarantees be key to his future involvement, or would training and playing alongside our players and systems be the best pathway into the side?

Patrick

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17 Comments

  1. VasC says:

    The only mystery about Miguel Azeez still remaining is his current contract duration at Arsenal.

  2. Grandad says:

    The emergence of Azeez coupled with the acquisition of the talented Lokonga could influence Arteta to accept an offer of 22m for Willock.Newcastle are apparently prepared to pay this sum and I would not be surprised if such a bid was accepted.I don’t think many on JA appreciate just how good Lokonga is .He was on standby for Belgium at the Euros , as was Maddison for England, and nobody can tell me that England have more quality in midfield than Belgium.In essence, I do not see Lokonga as a back up this season, but as a genuine contender to start.Azees to me can be used from the bench and , even at a young age he will offer more than Elneny or AMN in midfield.There is no need to send him out on loan in my opinion.

    1. Sean M says:

      Just sense, sense and more sense.

    2. PJ-SA says:

      Let’s hope MA sees things the same way.

    3. RSH says:

      nothing controversial said. espescially Azeez playing the minutes we know Mikel will give to someone like Elneny instead.

    4. Jo-Gunz says:

      you said it all @Grandad 👍

    5. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

      or we could do what we should have done last off-season, get rid of Xhaka, keep Willock, promote Azeez and give the young recruit, Lokonga, some more playing time…problem is that since our short-sighted manager opted for a retool over a rebuild, it makes it infinitely more difficult for him to make these sort of tough but wise long-term decisions, as his leash likely got considerably shorter

  3. fairfan says:

    At 18 who knows if he is ready?
    ESR 21 Nelson 21 Willock 21 Nketia 22 Niles 23 all went on loan.
    Saliba 20 and Mavro 23 are still on loan as are Torreira 25 and Guendouzie 22.
    Martinelli 20 has been kept as has Saka 18
    Balogun 20 not sure of his immediate future.
    So many questons yet to be answered.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Barring Saka and ESR….if you are young you are likely to be overlooked by MA. I think he struggles to actually coach players to be better and develop, makes sense why he avoids most youngsters.

      He also lacks genuine assertiveness, ousting players shows this. Real coach improves skills and attitudes.

      1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

        agree with your sentiments PJ…even ESR was overlooked by MA, until injuries/covid forced his hand…likewise, as soon as Ode arrived, he was quickly shoehorned out wide

        1. Angus says:

          Stop lying about ESR The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever. He was kept at Arsenal after Arteta publicly declared he was part of the 1st team plans that year. He got a 3 month injury, was eased back in correctly with the Europa league after such a long injury and still ended up with more minutes than Willian. The only argument is that without injuries ESR might not have started against Chelsea (big game to bring a player into) and instead started the game after that. Still why let facts get in the way of a good story right?

          1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

            how terribly sad, once again…you do realize that as soon as Arteta had secured Ode from Madrid, ESR was summarily shoehorned out wide, a position that the Norwegian had far more experience playing over his amateur and professional career…do you think that was in ESR’s best interest, or even the club’s, for that matter…say hey to everyone at the kid’s table for me

      2. Angus says:

        Saka/ESR/Gabriel all got decent game time under Arteta. Nketiah/Martinelli/Odegaard/Niles all got game time Niles being the worst with 5 starts (6 subs.) Not to mention Tierney/Ceballos were 23 which is hardly old either. Our average starting 11 age was the 5th lowest in the league which completely counters your narrative. Against Southampton in December we fielded our youngest average age 11 since 2012. Honestly people just make things up to fit their view. Seriously man fields the youngest team in a decade and you claim he doesn’t like youth? Tierney, Saka, ESR and Balogun all sign new contracts under him but he can’t coach youngsters? Why did they sign then? All had multiple options. Only players we can’t tie down are Nketiah/Nelson which most would agree are the lowest priorities of the 6.

        It’s like those who pretend ESR/Martinelli were not injured long term for the start of the season. ESR still clocked more minutes than Willian despite being out for 3 months and Martinelli clocked more than Nketiah/Nelson despite the same long injury.

        As to ousting the only player he has ousted is Guendouzi and the exact same thing happened to Guendouzi at his last club with his manager there (why we got him cheap.)

        1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

          “Against Southampton in December we fielded our youngest average age 11 since 2012…Martinelli clocked more than Nketiah/Nelson” So let me get this straight, you cherry-picked one game and the fact that one of our young players played more than 2 of our other young players to somehow justify your twisted claims, yet you rant about how others will say just about anything to maintain their particular narrative…talk about the pot calling the kettle black…I just have one question for you, what colour is the sky in your world???

  4. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Been saying for a year he’s the perfect partner for Partey once a bit older.

    Only question is…is he on MA good or bad list. With youngsters who really knows!

    1. Davi says:

      No another question is: does he want to spend a lot of time breaking into this side it does he want to prove himself at Newcastle where he knows he’ll play a lot? Could definitely see him wanting the latter, and good for him if so.
      If we have a reasonable buy back clause, it’s actually good for all parties

  5. Richard says:

    Lukonga
    Wilock
    Azeez
    In as back up to T.P and XA.
    Eleniny
    AMN &
    Torera
    Out on loan.
    Sell Guenduozi bad attitude.

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