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'Already better than Xhaka': Some Arsenal fans think they have an 'insane' player Arteta's never used yet

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Arsenal fans have been left raving about Charlie Patino after his display for their under-21 side.

Patino catches the eye

Arsenal actually lost 2-1 to Swindon Town in the EFL Trophy last night.

However, Patino’s ability in possession drew huge praise from Gunners fans.

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The teenager’s quality stood out above the rest, as he constantly set the tempo for his side.

And some Arsenal fans already suggest that Patino looks like he could be a better option than Granit Xhaka, while others drew a comparison with Jack Wilshere.

Excitement building

While some of those assessments may be slightly hyperbolic it is understandable why excitement is building around Patino’s talents.

Indeed, it is not just supporters who are starting to take notice of the 17-year-old’s quality.

Arsenal players are also claimed by Charles Watts to have been impressed by Patino when he has been called up to first-team training.

It may still be too early for Arteta to use the prospect in his starting line-up, especially with Arsenal under so much pressure to win.

But if Patino continues to develop at his current rate it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he makes the grade.

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