Arsenal have confirmed that promising youngster Miguel Azeez has joined Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the season. The 18-year-old was expected to head out on loan this season and Pompey have now confirmed the move via a statement on the clubs official website:
Pompey have signed highly-rated midfielder Miguel Azeez on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal.
The 18-year-old has represented England at youth level and made his senior debut for the Gunners in last season’s Europa League victory at Dundalk.
Blues boss Danny Cowley 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.
Azeez also spoke to the official Portsmouth website and spoke about his excitement over the move:
“I’m really pleased to be here. There’s been a lot of buzz about this move and I’m grateful to the manager for giving me his trust.
“It’s important for me to get a lot of minutes this season and I’ve spoken to Emile about working with Danny.
“I got some really good feedback, so I’m looking forward to working with him and all the staff here at the club.
“I’ve been at Arsenal since the age of five and have had a lot of good coaches there to keep me grounded.
“Now I feel it’s important for me to get experience of men’s football and take the next step in my career.
“This is going to help me build – physically, mentally and tactically. I’m hopeful it can stand me in good stead.”
Azeez is looking for a successful stint on the south coast – both on a personal level and also for Pompey.
He said: “I’m a midfielder who likes to create and score goals, while always giving the best account of myself. I want to win every game that I play.
“I want to show the fans what I can bring to the team and help get Pompey back into the Championship.
“I’ve watched some of the games and seen the players that are here, so now I’m looking to getting out there in front of the fans.
“I’ve seen so many videos of them and the atmosphere looks crazy. I thrive on that and it was an important reason for me coming here.”
[Image and interview from Portsmouthfc.com]