‘I do’: Patino says he’s hoping Arteta gives Arsenal teammate a new contract and keeps him at the Emirates
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'I do': Patino says he's hoping Arteta gives Arsenal teammate a new contract and keeps him at the Emirates

Arsenal youngster, Charlie Patino, has been offering up some interesting thoughts on the Gunners as he played a few casual games of FIFA 22 over on the NepentheZ live Facebook stream.

Patiino, 18, is in line to play this weekend as the Gunners take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round. The exciting midfielder has already made his first-team bow this season. Indeed, expectations are high around the Arsenal youngster.

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Of course, there are a whole manner of other goings on at Arsenal at the moment. One of which is the contract situation of French striker, Alexandre Lacazette. And speaking while on livestream last night, Patino admitted he is keen to see the experienced striker stay in North London.

“I do as well [want him to stay]. I don’t know any information on him, if he’s staying or not, I know as much as you, but he’s working hard in training and doing what the manager wants from him and leading the line with the armband, so he’s obviously doing something right,” Patino commented.

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“With results and how Arsenal are playing he’s doing the right thing.”

Despite scoring just three times this season, Lacazette has stepped up in recent weeks. Given the armband by Mikel Arteta, he has shown his experience to help a young group around him. However, as thing stand, he is still expected to leave in the summer.

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There was a time when it looked like Lacazette had zero future with the Gunners. He wasn’t scoring, playing, or even contributing much to the cause. But oh how things can change.

He’s now a key figure for Arsenal. His leadership has shown up where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was failing and he’s a credit to the club and himself.

As Patino says, it’s now a case of hoping Lacazette actually stays put. If he doesn’t, then the Gunners have some big shoes to fill in the summer.

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