Former Arsenal midfielder Nacer Barazite has signed a deal with Al Jazira.

Barazite spent three years with Arsenal, making three senior appearances for the club, all of which came in the league cup.

Signed in 2008 when he was 18, the Dutch-Moroccan midfielder spent time on loan with Derby and Vitesse Arnheim before Arsenal sold him to Austria Vienna for £360k in 2011.

From there, he moved to Monaco the following season for £4.05m before they loaned him back to the Austrians. A free transfer followed to FC Utrecht after just 12 appearances, one goal and two assists for Monaco.

Three years in the Netherland saw Barazite rack up 92 appearances along with 20 goals and 20 assists but another free transfer followed at the end of his contract, taking him to Yeni Malatyaspor in Turkey last summer.

One season there and 18 appearances later he’s off again on another free, this time to UAE Arabian Gulf League side, Al Jazira.

Now 28, Barazite will team up with Ghanaian midfielder Ernest Asante, Cameroonian midfielder Sebastien Siani and Brazilian midfielder Leonardo under new Dutch coach Marcel Keizer.

Al Jazira were formed in 1974 in a merger between Khalidiyah and Al Bateen. They play at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium and if that name sounds familiar to you, it should. He is the deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and owner of the City Group.

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