Arsenal youth team midfielder, Miguel Azeez has revealed that he is taking a lot of inspiration from playing under The Gunners’ former captain, Per Mertesacker, whose success at Emirates Stadium are giving him confidence to expect a rosy future with the London club.
Azzez has already taken giant strides towards cementing his place in the club’s future prospects, and the Nigerian-born England under-17 whiz-kid is set to sign a three-year professional contract with the team next month, which he says is dramatic dream coming true for him.
He narrated how he adored Arsenal, but felt very tentative before he finally joined the club, after boldly asking one of the coaches for the chance of a week’s trial.
Since debuting for Arsenal’s youth team as a schoolboy, Azeez has now played 16 matches in the U18 Premier League, scoring three goals, and debuted for the U23s in a pre-season friendly against Boreham Wood last month, after which he is set to sign his first pro-contract on his 17th birthday, as due reward for the hard work he has put in with the club.
Azeez recalled: ”I was playing for my local club in Harrow at the time and one day I stayed behind after training.
“There was a scout called Paul Whitehead who approached me and my dad and asked if I could come to an Arsenal training session at Hale End.
”I played one game in my full Brazil kit because I was so excited, and after that game, they asked if they could sign me.
“To this day it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I was trying not to cry. I was so excited to tell all my friends at school the next day!
”It’s so motivating to be here because there’s a clear pathway from Hale End to London Colney – and eventually into the first team.
”It’s even more encouraging now that Per’s here too. He’s been with the first team, so he knows what it takes to play for Arsenal.”