Arsenal have brought Jack Wilshere into training of late, meaning he is working with the youngster compared to himself – Charlie Patino.
Arsenal fans still love Wilshere. They’re buzzing that he is back training with Mikel Arteta’s men after being released by Bournemouth.
It’s too soon to proclaim that the prodigal son has returned, but even seeing him at Arsenal is special for many.
As if having Wilshere himself isn’t enough, Arsenal have a player touted as the next Wilshere.
The parallels are clear. Both were born in Hertfordshire. Both were in the Luton Town ranks before heading to Arsenal. Both are technically-gifted midfield players with real quality on the ball.
Patino is only 17, but excitement is already building.
Wilshere comments on Arsenal talent Patino
Some even though that Patino would feature against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup last month. Mikel Arteta has resided temptation to pick Patino so far, but he is becoming hard to ignore.
Wilshere claimed to The Independent that everyone at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground is talking about Patino.
First-team players have seemingly been blown away by Patino, believing that he will have a huge future ahead of him.
Wilshere also admitted that there similarities between Patino and himself, but believes there are still a few things the youngster needs to work on.
“I know him. I’ve seen him play and he’s a good player,” Wilshere said. “He’s obviously really young still and got a lot of developing to do but he’s definitely one who everyone at the training ground is talking about. The first-team players know who he is and he is a good player and one for the future for sure.”
“Yes, there are some similarities. There are quite a few but he is a different player as well and I think it is important people see him for who he is rather than say: ‘oh he is the next Jack Wilshere’. He has certainly got some qualities I didn’t have and there are things he needs to work on but he is going to make a name for himself in the future,” he added.