Pundit sends Charlie Patino warning to Arsenal boss Arteta
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Pundit sends Charlie Patino warning to Arsenal boss Arteta

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Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino has been the talk of the town since he scored on his debut against Sunderland earlier this week.

The 18-year-old only came on for the final 10 minutes of the game, but that was enough for him to make as big an impact as he did.

Arsenal fans are desperate to see more of Patino. Many feel he is the next big thing to come out of Hale End. Danny Mills, however, has warned Mikel Arteta and Gooners to not put too much pressure on his young shoulders.

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Danny Mills: Arteta should manage Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino carefully

The former Premier League defender said on TalkSport: “Great night for the young man. Something he will remember forever coming on here with a big crowd in. It’s absolutely fantastic. But, people are saying he’s the greatest player they’ve ever seen walk through the doors at Arsenal’s academy. 

“That’s a lot of pressure. Just maybe manage it. Everyone is on him immediately looking for that outstanding performance and it is going to take him time and he’s got to grow into that. Sometimes we put all our hopes on players too young, too soon. That’s maybe unnecessary pressure he doesn’t need.

“People will also make comparisons and that type of thing, but he has to make sure he keeps his feet on the ground and work incredibly hard.”

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The Insider’s View:

Mills is right, Patino should be managed very carefully by Arteta and the Arsenal staff.

There has always been a lot of expectation on Patino and that just doubled overnight after his debut. Arsenal fans are convinced that he’ll become a star very soon, but it’s important to let him develop.

Arteta, since his arrival, has been very cautious with young players. Even Gabriel Martinelli, who had set the league on fire in his debut season, was held back until he was fully ready.

We expect the Arsenal boss to do the same with Patino and that’s absolutely the right thing to do.

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