Charlie Patino is a name every Arsenal fan is eager to see on the team sheet ahead of a first team line-up announcement.
With Jack Wilshere back at the club he could the perfect mentor to guide him on his way to Mikel Arteta’s plans.
The Hale End prodigy is a highly regarded talent for the club after displaying excellence in youth team matches.
He’s been so impressive that he is predicted to be the best-ever youth product to come out of the famous academy.
The 17-year-old’s style of play has been compared to Wilshere due to his ability on the ball.
They have also both been labelled as the best Hale End academy talents before making a first-team appearance so it is by fate that they are set to meet during a pivot point of Patino’s career.
Arsenal have confirmed that Wilshere will be training with the club again after departing on a free transfer in 2018.
The club have stated that he is only training at London Colney to regain his fitness and to build upon his coaching badges.
The Englishman played 125 times for Arsenal after graduating from the academy in a tenure that lasted a decade.
Meanwhile, Patino is yet to receive a first-team call-up for Arsenal despite being very close to. He was set to make his debut during Arsenal’s pre-season tour but he, unfortunately, picked up an injury that ruled him out.
Arsenal fans were also excited at the possibility of him featuring against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup, but Mikel Arteta opted to focus on the fitness of his starting squad despite praising the English youngster and claiming that his first-team appearance is very close.
Having Jack Wilshere as a mentor will do Patino a world of good and not just because the two are similar in the way they play.
The 29-year-old has gone through many hardships during the course of his career; he has been let down by continuous injury issues and struggled at times to make in into the Arsenal squad.
Such advice will be valuable to Patino, who is under enormous amounts of pressure to succeed in Arsenal shirt and will no doubt go through his own hardships during the course of his career.
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