Arsenal fans left in awe of 17-year-old Charlie Patino after Jack Wilshere-esque display
Charlie Patino caught the eye with a fabulous midfield performance, as Arsenal U21s were beaten 2-1 by Swindon Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
The 17-year-old captained the side and left fans in awe of his control, passing and awareness, drawing comparisons to Jack Wilshere, despite the Gunners’ narrow defeat.
Arsenal started the brightest at the County Ground, Mika Biereth had an early sight of goal after he was found by a clever pass from Patino, but the striker’s shot hit the foot of the post.
Despite Arsenal’s bright start it was the hosts who went in front on 17 minutes, through Mohammad Dabre. Swindon pinched possession in the Arsenal half, the ball was worked into the box and then cut back to the arriving Dabre, his shot wasn’t the cleanest but squirmed away from Ovie Ejeheri who will no doubt be disappointed he didn’t keep it out.
The Gunners levelled it up on 34 minutes through Joel Ideho, he cut inside from the right before drilling a ferocious effort into the bottom corner past Lewis Ward in the Swindon goal.
A Kido Taylor-Hart own goal proved to be the difference in the second half. Jack Payne’s corner was flicked on at the near post, the ball unfortunately struck Taylor-Hart which diverted it past Ejeheri who could do nothing about it.
A cruel way to lose the game after a very positive performance from Arsenal’s youngsters. Nobody impressed more than Patino though.
On the ball, Patino had 86 touches, completed 80% of his passing which included two key passes and eight long balls, he completed two out of three dribbles and was fouled nine times.
He was also impressive off the ball, making five tackles and winning 16 out of his 18 duels. Absolutely phenomenal from the 17-year-old against a senior side.
You can understand why Arsenal fans are excited about Patino, who is understood to be on the verge of the first team. Many want to see him involved in the Gunners’ upcoming EFL Cup tie against Wimbledon.
Patino has been integrated into Mikel Arteta’s first team since pre-season, he played 60 minutes in a recent 4-0 behind closed doors friendly victory against Brentford, so he is clearly knocking on the door. Arsenal reportedly have a pathway planned for him, similar to Phil Foden’s at Manchester City.
With Granit Xhaka suspended and Egyptian Mohamed Elneny possibly leaving before the Turkish transfer window closes, there could be opportunities on the horizon for Patino, especially with the Wimbledon tie being another ideal chance to expose him to some more first team football.
🗣 Brian Stapleton (Arsenal Scout): “Sean O’Connor discovered Jack Wilshere and he said to me that Charlie [Patino] is the best player who has ever walked through the doors at Hale End" #AFC pic.twitter.com/SvrzrFh9di
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