Arsenal fans think Hale End has unearthed a new 'superstar in the making'
A number of Arsenal fans have lauded Charlie Patino after his latest display for the Gunners.
The 17-year-old midfielder is one of many academy talents tipped for stardom in the coming years.
Gunners coaches reportedly rate the Hale End gem – who is already playing for Arsenal’s Under-23s – very highly.
Known for his technical ability and agility in midfield, Patino has often played for higher age groups.
As a 14-year-old, he captained England’s Under-16s against Spain and made his debut for Arsenal’s Under-18s against Chelsea.
Last season, Patino earned promotion to the Under-23s – quite a feat considering his age – and made four appearances.
This season, he’s featuring regularly for the Under-23s, and on Thursday, he came off the bench in the behind-closed-doors friendly win over Brentford.
Mohamed Elneny picked up a knock in the 33rd minute, so Patino took his place in the game at London Colney.
According to Charles Watts, the teenager seemingly “made a real impression” in the 4-0 victory over the Bees.
Big moment for Charlie Patino to get nearly 60 minutes in the heart of midfield amongst senior opposition. Sounds like he made a real impression as well by the way he played. pic.twitter.com/6k89rx57qK— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2021
It was music to the ears of many Arsenal fans, who believe Patino won’t be waiting long before he’s a first-team regular:
Him and Azeez look next in line for promotion— Maestro_Bambino (@maestro_bambino) September 2, 2021
I don’t care if Elneny leaves the club. Patino is a top top player— Leo (@Lehuy_trong) September 2, 2021
destined for the top❤️ @CharliePatino10— Lewis (@HaleEndArs) September 2, 2021
Patino looks like he’s the one. Hale End has been on a mad one. Only Cobham has been better.— Raph (@AFC_Raph) September 2, 2021
Charlie Patino and Omari Hutchinson are going to be absolutely revolutionary to our squad when they come of age— ⚓ (@afc_ferry) September 3, 2021
Superstar in the making. Hope by next year you are first team regular so much needed— Hassan Abdul (@Hassogunner) September 3, 2021
You and lokonga in the mid 🤤🤤🤤— SambiSzn🇦🇱✍️ (@SambiSzn_) September 3, 2021