Football London reveal that Mikel Arteta and Edu are ready to integrate Charlie Patino into the Arsenal first-team next season.
The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League last season. That is our worst finish in over 25 years and Arsenal can barely take any positives from what was a truly woeful campaign.
However, the one good thing from last season was the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. The latter had already made a name for himself with the first team, but he took his game to a whole new level last term.
Smith Rowe, on the other hand, showed up on Boxing Day and almost singlehandedly changed our fortunes. If it wasn’t for him and Saka, we would’ve ended the season in the bottom half of the league table, which would’ve put us in a much worse position than we are currently in.
Arteta and everyone at Arsenal learnt last season that giving inexperienced young players a chance isn’t really a bad idea. As a result, the Gunners boss is now ready to integrate Patino into his side next season.
Who is Charlie Patino?
A hugely talented midfielder, Patino caught Arsenal’s eye when he was just seven. He joined the club then and has almost always been the best player in his age group.
Insiders at Arsenal have called him ‘the new Jack Wilshere’ while others have compared him to Manchester City’s Phil Foden. (The Sun) Some even claim that he’s much better than what JW10 was when he was 17, which is a massive compliment.
Wilshere’s career at the top-level was sadly ruined by injuries, but nobody can deny his quality when he’s fully fit. Patino falls into a similar category, and the teenager is expected to become the next big thing at Arsenal very soon.
Will Charlie Patino make his senior Arsenal debut next season?
Arsenal are very short in midfield at the moment. Granit Xhaka’s departure will hurt our squad depth even more, which could open the door for Patino this summer, especially if we can’t get our priority targets in.
If Arsenal managed to sneak into the Europa League, Patino would’ve surely received an opportunity, but it’s extremely difficult now.
However, he will feature regularly in first-team training sessions next season, and if he can impress there – just like Saka and Smith Rowe did – Arteta will give him a chance to show the world what he is made of.
Patino is definitely one to keep an eye on in the coming years. He has all the qualities to succeed at the top level, and don’t be surprised if he comes in and has a huge impact in the senior side in the very near future.