Miguel Azeez has agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal with an option to extend by a further two years before the end of 2021/22.
AllNigeriaSoccer reported on 17 August that Azeez had agreed a professional contract with Arsenal, which he would sign when he turned 17 on September 20th.
The deal is believed to be for an initial three years but with an option for Arsenal to extend it by a further two before the end of the 2021/22 season.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably already know how I feel about Azeez. He’s one of the most talented prospects in the academy right now, and he just needs to keep his head down and stay on track to keep progressing up the ranks and eventually reach the first team.
The midfielder has a good physical presence combined with an excellent first touch and more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) August 12, 2019
Despite generally playing a deeper role in midfield, Azeez gets involved in the goals as well. He made it into our top-five youth goals of 2018/19 video earlier this year (watch from 0:30).
It’s good to see Arsenal getting their top talents tied down for the long term with intelligently-structured deals. If Azeez doesn’t end up progressing as expected, Arsenal can choose not to activate their two-year option to avoid being stuck with him for longer than desired.
At the same time, if everything does go well over the next few years, Arsenal won’t have to worry about losing the midfielder as soon as he makes it into the first team.
This article was first published on 17 August and has been updated on 24 September to reflect Arsenal’s announcement.