Miguel Azeez has officially joined Spanish third-tier side Atletico Baleares in a permanent transfer, marking the end of his Arsenal journey.

The 21-year-old midfielder, once considered a beacon of talent at Hale End, departs seeking a fresh start after loan spells that failed to ignite his career.

Miguel Azeez with Wigan Athletic (Photo via Azeez on Instagram)
Miguel Azeez with Wigan Athletic (Photo via Azeez on Instagram)

Miguel Azeez burst onto the scene with mesmerizing performances in the academy, earning comparisons to club legend Dennis Bergkamp. His first-team debut at 18 in the Europa League hinted at a bright future.

However, loan stints at Portsmouth, UD Ibiza, and Wigan Athletic yielded limited playing time and frustration. A public dispute between his father and Wigan manager Shaun Maloney over playing time further highlighted the challenges faced.

Azeez’s move reflects a change in Arsenal’s youth development approach. Instead of the traditional loan carousel, the club is seeking permanent options for youngsters unlikely to break into the first team. This provides a stable environment for development, while sell-on fees, matching rights, and appearance add-ons ensure potential future financial gain.

With his Arsenal contract expiring and needing a stable platform, Azeez’s move to Atletico Baleares could be the catalyst he needs. Away from the pressure of a Premier League giant, he has the chance to rediscover his form and fulfill the potential that once excited Arsenal fans.