Miguel Azeez has been recalled by Arsenal, following 11 appearances on loan with UD Ibiza in Spain.
UD Ibiza confirmed on Wednesday that Miguel Azeez is no longer their player, having reached an agreement with Arsenal to cut his loan move short.
Ibiza wished Azeez well and thanked him for his time at the club.
Azeez made eight starts and 11 appearances in Ibiza’s 19 games during his spell at the club, which isn’t a terrible record. But he’d struggled for games more recently.
Part of the problem was that Ibiza had changed managers a couple of times during Azeez’s spell. He played often under Javier Baraja, then barely at all under interim boss Juan Anquela, and after a couple of starts under Lucas Alcaraz, he lost his place again.
Azeez’s appearance stats for each manager make it clear where the problem started:
- Javier Baraja (in charge for 8 games): 5 starts, 3 substitute appearances
- Juan Anquela (in charge for 5 games): 1 start
- Lucas Alcaraz (in charge for 6 games): 2 starts
Having featured in every game for the manager who signed him, Azeez couldn’t get in the team for the next two bosses. A recall from the loan was surely the best thing for him.
Arsenal are a little short in midfield, but it’s hard to see Azeez being considered as a serious option for the first team right now.
The club clearly thought the player needed a loan a few months ago, and it’s unlikely those few months will have changed that perception. Another loan is more likely.