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ESPN tips 18-year-old Arsenal gem to be the next Hale End breakthrough star

Arsenal academy midfielder Miguel Azeez has been tipped by ESPN to make the breakthrough to Mikel Arteta’s senior team in 2021.

The 18-year-old has been making waves in the Arsenal academy, earning plaudits for his talent, hard work and maturity.

Azeez, who joined the Hale End setup aged five, is a dynamic midfielder equally skilled as an anchorman as he is playing at No. 10, and is also viewed as a natural leader and captain material.

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He was playing for Arsenal’s Under-18s when he was 15 and didn’t look out of his depth in the slightest – by the time he was 17, he was captaining the team.

Azeez has been in and around the first team, taking part in training sessions and being handed his debut in December’s Europa League win over Dundalk.

Some fans have compared Azeez’s style of play to Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tipped him to be a “great player in the future”.

And ESPN think the youngster is Arsenal’s top prospect under 19 to become the club’s next breakthrough star.

“Possibly the next Arsenal star from the Hale End production line set for his Premier League debut, the holding midfielder has attracted rave reviews from those monitoring him in training and competitive youth games,” wrote the outlet.

“However, apart from eight minutes in the Europa League against Dundalk, the composed midfielder has had to be content with just being a part of the first team environment on a regular basis.

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“The England U18 international, who also qualifies to play international football for Spain and Nigeria, brings order to the midfield with his calm and measured approach to the game.

“Originally a more advanced box-to-box midfielder, Azeez is already capable of imposing himself on the game from a deeper, more strategic role, and counts Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira and Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets as his idols.”

Azeez, who is currently out injured, is reported to be in discussions with Arsenal over a new contract.

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