Arsenal to cancel loan deal as Mikel Arteta rethink January transfer

The teenage midfielder’s playing time has been restricted this season, and he might return to Arsenal in January.

Due to a lack of game time, Arsenal are contemplating returning Miguel Azeez from his loan stint at Portsmouth, according to football.london.

The 18-year-old is one of the most highly-rated prospects to emerge from Arsenal’s Hale End school, and he made an early impression with a long-range score against Watford in pre-season.

After focusing on his physicality and off-the-ball talents, it was believed that he would remain in north London and attempt to get into the first team.

Azeez appeared for 59 minutes in Portsmouth’s 2-1 defeat to Cambridge United in September, but has not played since.

Due to the absence of Europa League possibilities this season and the abundance of midfield options in Kevin Betsy’s under-23 team, it was agreed that Azeez should be sent out to League One.

The kid is on loan at Pompey this season, where he is handled by Danny Cowley, who also trained Emile Smith Rowe during his loan stint at Huddersfield Town in 2020.

Mikel Arteta is a big supporter of Azeez after handing him his senior debut against Dundalk in the Europa League last season and included him in the Premier League squad against Sheffield United.

Per Mertesacker discussed how the gap between the academy and the first team forces many youngsters to go out on loan to grow elsewhere in an exclusive conversation with football.london.

“There will be hiccups along the path for other players who will be exposed to under-18 level in their first season, under-23s in their second, dominating, receiving playing time there, and then getting another stimulant on loan,” Mertesacker added.

“Because the gap is too wide to go right into the first team and reach all those criteria in terms of physique, attitude, and what they’re really providing on the field in terms of their technical ability.”

Jordi Osei-Tutu, meantime, has returned to London Colney to heal from a hamstring injury.

The defender is on loan at Nottingham Forest this season, but has only appeared in one game for the Championship club.

Osei-Tutu, a wing-back who loves to play on the right side, was formerly on loan at Bochum in Germany.

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