Arsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez joins UD Ibiza on loan

Arsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez has joined Spanish second division side UD Ibiza on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old, who has Spanish heritage but has represented England at youth level, had a loan spell with Portsmouth in the first half of last season, during which he made ten appearances.

A product of the club’s Hale End academy, Azeez made his competitive debut for the Arsenal first-team against Dundalk in December 2020.

In the early stages of this season Azeez has impressed for Arsenal U21s as a deep-lying midfielder.

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5 comments

  1. Been a fan of Azeez but again people here and elsewhere call for these guys to get first team minutes but no championship or premier league teams have coming knocking on our door to loan or buy them. Maybe people are a little biased here but I know scouts of other teams are not so possibly being overrated by our own fans.

    That is not to say I am ruling out Azeez will become a star but at this point he will have to perform to justify some more attention. I see City have just sold Levia? who scored a goal in the premiership this weekend and Southampton just bought another one of City’s young wingers for a decent sum; meanwhile we could only get Ainsley a loan to Southampton. Phil Foden and Harvey Elliot are in my own opinion close to that Jack Wilshere level of talent at a young age thats why they are getting first team minutes.

  2. Oh and offcourse I am happy for Ainsley and he is going to a Premier league team but at 25 his career had stalled at Arsenal and he did not increase his value a much while at Roma. I am sure we would have loved to sell him for 20 million pounds to invest in a new midfielder but the teams purportedly after him I assume did not offer that.

  3. Makaya, that is clearly a possibility what you are suggesting, that maybe our players not as good as we tend to believe (due to being biased).
    But that’s only one possible explanation.

    The other alternative is that our players are indeed really good, but the department in charge of finding loan deals are not at the required level. I could be biased, but I do think Azeez is at least as good as Tim Iroegbunam (on loan to QPR), Aaron Ramsey (the other, on loan to Norwich), Harvey Vale (on loan to Hull City), Tyler Morton (on loan to Blackburn) or Tino Anjorin (on loan to Huddersfield), but Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool have better connections to the executives, the managers or just the head scouts (possibly all) to Championship teams, while we suck at it – see our deals with Dutch and Spanish second tier (!) loans. And Azeez is the best example (along with Gnabry and Nketiah) that even if there is a host team, it doesn’t automatically lead to a lot of minutes.

  4. I will have to look at some of the players you mentioned that I am not familiar with. However I am not going to say that our connections not being good is a reason for some of the loans after all Reiss went to the top tier Dutch league which I am sure is better than the championship, likewise
    Tavares at Marseille. It does not make sense that we supposedly have connections to get first team players into decent loans but suddenly these same connections cant get our academy players into better clubs.

    Patino is at Blackpool which is in the Championship and that is probably based on his performances and talent. As for players of well connected teams getting better loans I would like to dive deeper to see how are these players of Liverpool, Chelsea performing because I know for a fact if said players do not perform they will not get minutes as Azeez experienced last season. Furthermore I also pointed out the discarded prospects of these other clubs are getting bought for decent amounts as in the case of Man City’s 2 academy players they just sold. That has nothing to do with connections these teams are buying them at their perceived value and usefulness going forward.

    1. That’s a valid point. But proper foreign loans mostly apply to first team players: Tavares, Balogun, Pepe, Mari, maybe Trusty.
      Our top academy players sometimes get a Championship loan, but a League One or Two is more common, while for Chelsea and the Manchester clubs the Championship loans are the default (City loaned 7 players there, Chelsea 5), but sometimes they can fork out a Premier League deal (Levi Colwill).
      I seriously doundt if Azeez, Flores, Biereth, Rekik or Okonkwo are less quality players than Lewis Fiorini, Callum Doyle or Luke Mbete, yet the latter 3 managed to secure a Championship loan, while our players couldn’t. And the Dutch deals didn’t lead to playing minutes either. I’m quite sure that Balogun could have played as a first or second choice striker in a PL team like Brighton or Nottingham.

      I have no insider information, but I can easily imagine that a club like Chelsea or Man City – formally or informally – pays for their player getting opportunities, so they don’t necessary have to perform on the highest level.

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