England U17 international Miguel Azeez has revealed in an interview that he was scouted by Arsenal prior to joining the side following a successful trial.
Azeez is in contention to sign a three-year contract with the Gunners in September 2019 after his seventeenth birthday - this comes after the work he has put in while playing in the youth ranks.
Upon making his maiden debut for the U18 team, the budding midfielder has featured in 16 matches of the U18 Premier League all while scoring three goals - he also made his unofficial U23 debut in a preseason friendly against Boreham Wood in July 2019.
Explaining how he came to be at the club, Azeez told Arsenal's matchday programme, according to Daily Cannon : ''I was playing for my local club in Harrow at the time and one day I stayed behind after training and 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 for a week-long trial.
''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, but I was just so excited to tell all my friends at school the next day!
''It’s so motivating to be here because you know that 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.''
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