Although Arsenal are looking to make midfield signings this summer, Miguel Azeez is also expected to step up next season.

Miguel Azeez celebrates a goal against Crawley Town (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Miguel Azeez celebrates a goal against Crawley Town (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

According to a report from Football.London, Miguel Azeez is expected to play more of a role in the Arsenal first-team next season. The club are looking to make signings in central midfield, but they’ll also try to give the 18-year-old more chances.

They may well have to do both, as Arsenal aren’t exactly blessed with depth in midfield.

Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard are only on loan, and will likely return to Real Madrid or go elsewhere this summer. Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are technically returning from their own loans, but both are seemingly keen to leave.

Granit Xhaka is on the list of players reportedly considering a summer exit, whilst Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also linked with departures. That leaves Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny – whose own situation is unclear with one year on his deal.

With only Partey certain to still be at the club after the summer, Arsenal are probably going to need to buy one or two midfielders, but clearly they also intend to take the opportunity to promote Azeez.

The teenager made his debut in the Europa League earlier in the season, and he’s having a strong campaign with the academy. Most recently, he scored a bit of a wonder-goal in his last game of 2020/21.

He still has areas for improvement in his game, particularly when it comes to losing the ball in areas where he shouldn’t. But his quality is undeniable and it’s inevitable he ends up getting a senior chance at Arsenal sooner or later.

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