Charlie Patino on Barcelona’s radar after impressive Arsenal U23 performances
Arsenal starlet Charlie Patino is reportedly being “closely watched” by Barcelona according to Barcelona based writer Piotr Guzinski.
Patino has earned a lot of praise and attention after a bright start to the season, including an eye-catching display as captain against Swindon Town in the EFL Trophy.
He is reportedly on the verge of Mikel Arteta’s first team after featuring in pre-season and the Gunners are said to have a pathway planned for him similar to Phil Foden‘s at Manchester City. Many Arsenal fans wish to see him involved in the first team when the Gunners take on AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Patino has been compared to Foden, as well as former Hale End Academy graduate Jack Wilshere and they are certainly fair comparisons.
He is left footed, plays in the centre of midfield as a deep lying play maker. He is a brilliant passer of the ball who has lovely control and can glide past players when he dribbles.
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) September 12, 2021
Patino’s father Julio has previously stated that Charlie not only watches, but analyses Spanish football, with certain traits such as his silky control and brilliant vision evidently being helped by his attention to Spanish football.
Patino cites Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas and his new boss Arteta as inspirations to his game.
“Growing up I adored Santi Cazorla as a player. Cesc Fabregas and Mikel Arteta were some of my favourites too. But there’s something about Santi for me and the qualities that he had – he was something else.” Patino told Arsenal.com.
He is eligible to play for Spain too, as he was born to Spanish parents, in Watford.
“Maybe one day I could play for them. I’ve always had an appreciation for that Spanish style of play.” He added.
Julio has also mentioned that Charlie is a Barcelona fan, but in his interview with Arsenal’s official site, he pledged his allegiance to Luton Town!
“Five years on and it’s no surprise I have a massive soft spot for Arsenal, but I’ve got to be completely honest and say that my heart is with Luton Town!” Patino explained.
“I spent five years there as well and the development they gave me was massive and I’ll always appreciate that.”