Charlie Patino was a proud Arsenal player following victory in the North London Derby.
Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put the Gunners 3-0 up at the break, whilst Son Heung-min pulled one back for Tottenham inside the final 10 minutes to give Mikel Arteta’s side some worries.
However, after Aaron Ramsdale’s fantastic save to deny Lucas Moura from making it 3-2 and setting up a tense finale, Arsenal saw out the remainder of the game with minimal fuss to move level on points with Spurs and above them in the Premier League table.
Patino wasn’t involved at the Emirates Stadium, although he will hope to experience a North London Derby at senior level in the years to come.
Although the midfielder was spotted in Friday’s first-team training session alongside the likes of Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mohamed Elneny, so perhaps he was a lucky charm.
But on Sunday it was a watching brief for the teenager and it’s safe to say he enjoyed what he saw.
Taking to social media after the game, Patino delivered his verdict on the victory with a four-word message that Arsenal fans will agree with.
“North London is Red,” he wrote on Twitter.
It won’t have gone unnoticed by Patino that two of Arsenal’s three goalscorers against Spurs were Hale End academy graduates in Smith Rowe and Saka, who also claimed an assist apiece.
And given their connections to the club, manager Mikel Arteta admitted afterwards that it’s important to have players that truly recognise what the North London Derby means.
“They are able to transmit those feelings because they have been raised and educated experiencing those feelings in the stadium and supporting the club,” the Spaniard told reporters in his post-match press conference.
“A lot of people that we have as well in our organisation they have a real sense of what a derby means and I think they will be proud of what they’ve seen today.”