Arsenal can use return clause in January that may prove key with AFCON

Arsenal have inserted a clever clause into Miguel Azeez's contract, and it could help the Gunners' squad depth come the African Cup of Nations.

Azeez, 19, left the Emirates Stadium on loan in August to join Portsmouth in an attempt to rack up some more game time.

And with Arsenal not in any European competitions this season, the decision was made to send Azeez out on loan with squad rotation limited.

However, the Gunners have inserted a clause that states Azeez can be recalled to the Emirates in January.

And with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny set to head to the AFCON, Azeez could be recalled.

According to football.london, Arsenal chief's ensured that they could cut Azeez's loan short.

Partey and Elneny are set to represent Ghana and Egypt respectively at the African Cup of Nations between 9 January and 6 February 2022.

And with their departures it could leave the Arsenal midfield thin on the ground, prompting Mikel Arteta to recall Azeez as emergency cover.

Azeez joined Arsenal as a 5-year-old, and he is now part of the England youth set-up as well as being highly rated at the Emirates.

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Danny Cowley, who also overlooked Emile Smith Rowe's time at Huddersfield Town, is currently overseeing his development at Portsmouth.

"He is still young, we have all got to remember that he is only 18, he’s not 19 until next month but he’s a confident boy," Cowley told HampshireLive.

"He’s got real belief and so he should because he’s incredibly competent. He’s got fantastic talent.

"I think it’s been well publicised that we have got a good relationship with Arsenal, they felt we looked after Emile [Smith Rowe] in a good way.

"Being totally honest, it’s nice to take credit for Emile [Smith Rowe], I don’t think we deserve any.

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