Portsmouth transfer exit: Blues finally confirm departure of Arsenal loanee Miguel Azeez with midfielder's future unclear

Pompey have finally officially confirmed Arsenal loanee Miguel Azeez has left the club.

By Sam Cox
Monday, 17th January 2022, 1:42 pm
Updated Monday, 17th January 2022, 1:55 pm

Although Danny Cowley fended off interest from clubs in the Championship for his services in the summer, the Blues boss deployed him sporadically this term.

Indeed, it was hoped he would follow in the footsteps of Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe, who spent half a season under the Pompey chief at Huddersfield in 2019, before breaking into the first team at the Emirates.

But the ex-Gunners under-23 captain went on to play only two full 90 minutes in League One this season.

For Azeez, his immediate future remains unclear with Mikel Arteta yet to make a decision on what the second half of the season has in store.

It’s yet to be seen if he’ll be sent back to the EFL to gain the experience the north London club are craving or whether he’ll stay put with the 13-times English League champion, due to their own availability worries.

Pompey loanee Miguel Azeez has returned to Arsenal prematurely. Picture: Stephen Flynn/ProSportsImages

One thing is for certain, though – his time at Fratton Park has come to an end.

Azeez’s follows fellow summer loanee Gassan Ahadme out the door at PO4, while Ellis Harrison and Paul Downing have also left the club.

His exit opens up another loan space in Cowley’s squad, which allow the Blues to make further acquisitions in that deparment after Hauden Carter’s arrival.

The Pompey boss is expecting a busy final few weeks of the January transfer window – in the hope of enhancing his side’s play-off chances.

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