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Arsenal scout makes huge Charlie Patino claim

Arsenal scout Brian Stapleton has told Goal that Charlie Patino has been labelled the best youngster to ever walk through the doors at Hale End by the man who discovered Jack Wilshere.

Patino is one of a number of exciting prospects looking to make the grade at the Emirates.

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The 17-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut. But it does appear that he could have an incredible career ahead.

Goal has suggested that Arsenal want to keep Patino next season rather than loan the teenager out.

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And Arsenal fans have now been given a better idea of how much potential those working behind the scenes with the Gunners believe he has.

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Stapleton – who first saw Patino playing as an 11-year-old – shared the huge claim made by the man who discovered Wilshere.

“Sean O’Connor discovered Jack Wilshere and he said to me that Charlie is the best player who has ever walked through the doors at Hale End,” he told Goal. “The kid has got so much potential, but he’s not there yet.

“There is a pathway that Arsenal have got for him and he’s probably going down the same pathway as Phil Foden at Manchester City.”

Arsenal not being scared of huge Patino claim makes statement of its own

It has been clear to supporters for some time that Patino could be a special talent.

But of course, most clubs would tend to play down the potential of a 17-year-old – particularly when they are being lauded by the fans.

However, figures like Stapleton and O’Connor do not seem to believe in that strategy when it comes to Patino.

And that arguably tells its own story.

Obviously, he has a lot of hard work ahead. And he will likely set his sights on featuring prominently for the under-23s next season.

But it highlights that they are not afraid of bigging up the academy prospect at this stage of his development.

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