Arsenal teenager Charlie Patino was expected to be in the squad against Leeds United last night, but an ankle injury ruled him out.
The teenager is one of Arsenal’s brightest young prospects. He is expected by many to be the future of our midfield, and last night’s game would’ve been the perfect opportunity for him to make his debut.
Sadly, Patino turned his ankle in training this week and he is set to spend a little while on the sidelines as a result.
Arsenal injury update: Charlie Patino
According to a report from Football London, Patino is expected to be out for two to three weeks due to his ankle injury.
That means he will miss Arsenal under-23’s games against Leeds United and Leicester City, but he should be back in time for our youth side’s trip to Blackburn Rovers after next month’s international break.
Patino is an integral part of Arsenal’s youth sides. He only turned 18 this month, but he is already a star at under-23’s level, and it’s only a matter of time before he makes the jump to Mikel Arteta’s senior side.
Patino could emulate Saka and Smith Rowe
If there’s one thing that Arteta has shown in his time at Arsenal, it’s that he isn’t afraid to give young players a chance. Saka and Smith Rowe are prime examples of that, and they are now among the best in the country.
Patino could well be the next Hale End wonderkid to make his name at the top level. He has already been compared to the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, and if he gets a chance, we’re convinced that he will deliver.
The youngster would’ve likely got a chance last night. His injury is a real shame, but he will be back soon and we expect him to make his senior debut at some point before the end of this season.