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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Goal journalist Charles Watts has been discussing Charlie Patino and Arsenal’s plan for the teenager.

The midfielder is seen as potentially the next big thing at Arsenal. He’s been described as the best player to ever walk through the doors at Hale End, and as you can imagine, the Gunners want to fast-track him to the first-team.

Indeed, despite the fact he’s only 18, according to Watts, the idea is for Patino to be in and around the first-team picture next season.

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What’s been said about Patino?

Watts spoke about Patino.

“Charlie Patino made his return after his ankle injury for the U23s. He’ll have one eye on the Sunderland game in the Carabao Cup at the Emirates. That certainly feels like a moment ahead of the players going away for the African Cup of Nations and with the FA Cup coming up. The idea is next season for him to be in and around the first-team picture, and they resisted that urge against Wimbledon, then Patino was injured against Leeds, so he’ll certainly be pushing to be involved in this game,” Watts said.

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Exciting

This is an incredibly exciting update.

Patino is yet to play a senior game, but if you are to believe everything you read about this young man, he’s the real deal.

The 18-year-old is a classy midfielder with all of the technical ability you’d expect to see from a Hale End graduate.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have recently shown just how good Arsenal’s academy graduates can be and it seems as though Patino could be the next star to break through.

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