22-year-old maestro and Patino: Three Arsenal academy gems who could make 2023 breakthrough
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22-year-old maestro and Patino: Three Arsenal academy gems who could make 2023 breakthrough

Arsenal have a proud history of nurturing players through their own youth academy and 2023 is unlikely to be any different.

The Gunners have a number of players emerging through their academy and the future looks very bright indeed.

With a new year upon us, we looked at three Arsenal players who could make an impact on the first team during 2023.

3 Arsenal academy stars who could make senior impact in 2023

Charlie Patino

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The talented midfielder is currently on loan with Blackpool and at the end of the season, he will likely return to Arsenal.

That’s when he could be handed the chance to shine under Mikel Arteta with the Spaniard a big fan.

The 19-year-old has made 17 appearances in the Championship this season, scoring twice and claiming two assists.

He’s showcasing his quality in a tough league and the Gunners will be keeping a close eye on his progress.

As a central midfielder, he could definitely have an impact on the Arsenal team and perhaps 2023 will be his year.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy

Another player currently out on loan in the Championship is this talented youngster.

Norton-Cuffy typically operates as a wing-back and with Ben White not a natural in that position there could be an opportunity.

The 18-year-old is rated highly by Arteta and he will be keeping close tabs on his progress at Rotherham over the next six months.

When Arsenal undoubtedly jet out to a pre-season tour ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, the teenager might be one player who gets the rule run over him by the boss.

He’s an all-action type and naturally, he has the energy levels to excite the Arsenal fan base.

Matt Smith

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Not the famous sports presenter, or the lanky Salford City striker. This Matt Smith is currently the captain of Arsenal in the under-21 ranks.

This one might represent a bit less of a surprise considering that he’s been knocking on the door.

Smith has been on the bench twice in the Premier League during 2022/23 and he’s clearly in Arteta’s thoughts.

At 22-years-old, 2023 will be the now-or-never year for Smith and it’d be no surprise to see Arsenal take a proper look at him during the calendar year.

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