Photo: Arteta calls up 18-year-old who could be the next Fabregas to Arsenal training pre-Leeds
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been putting his players through their paces ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Leeds.
The game, a 2pm kickoff at the Emirates Stadium, is crucial for both the Gunners and the Whites at opposite ends of the table.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the table and hoping to secure Champions League qualification.
North London rivals Tottenham, who are two points behind the Gunners, play Liverpool on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Leeds are just two points clear of the bottom three, with 18th-placed Everton boasting two games in hand.
On Saturday, Arsenal shared photos from their latest training session at London Colney ahead of the game.
Arteta called up several academy players for the session.
Charlie Patino, Salah-Eddine, Zak Swanson, Omari Hutchinson, Marcelo Flores and Jonathan Dinzeyi took part, as per football.london.
“A bit of Luka Modric”
Patino is one of the most exciting talents to come through the ranks at Hale End.
According to FourFourTwo, some Gunners insiders think Patino is the most exciting youngster they’ve ever seen there.
The same outlet ranked him at number 20 on their list of the top 50 most exciting teenagers in world football.
In February, meanwhile, ESPN listed Patino as one of the players who could be ‘Arsenal’s future’.
They wrote: “As a deep-lying playmaker, the Luton Town product comes to life when he can get a lot of the ball and is allowed to dictate proceedings with the game in front of him.
“Though he’s been compared in style to Cesc Fabregas, there’s also a bit of Luka Modric in the way he can spray crisp 30 or 40-yard diagonals across the pitch and how he evades challenges through sharp twists and turns.
“With a wonderful touch and appreciation of space, added to his composure, vision, intelligence and quality on the ball, Patino has every chance of having a future in the Premier League when he matures fully.”
This season, Patino has made 21 appearances for the Gunners at age and senior level.
The teenager made his Arsenal first-team debut in the Carabao Cup clash with Sunderland, and scored.
Mikel Arteta then gave Patino game time in the FA Cup third-round defeat to Nottingham Forest.
In addition, the youngster has made the bench on a further four occasions this term.
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