Arsenal youngster keen to follow Saliba’s footsteps to the Arsenal first team

Charlie Patino, Arsenal’s midfield prospect on loan at Swansea, is targeting a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup next season, and he believes he can do it like William Saliba.

Many people look up to William Saliba. The manner in which he has solidified our defense is astounding. The Frenchman has been a revelation since joining our team following a successful loan spell at Marseille. Saliba didn’t get the chance to break into the Arsenal team after joining in 2019; he had to go on loan to Saint-Etienne (2019-20), Nice (in 2021), and then Marseille (2021-22), where he was so impressive that Arteta felt he was ready to play a part in his project. To cut the long story short, Saliba has established himself as a cog in Arteta’s project, and many Gunners can copy his path to being a first teamer.

Patino said of his ambitions to be an Arsenal first teamer, as per the Mail, “Saliba is a different player to me. He’s a centre-back, big, powerful, so for me, it’s inspiring to see someone from Arsenal being able to go on loan, make a name for himself, and come back and show his qualities at Arsenal because it is a massive club.

“Everyone’s journey is different. Bukayo [Saka] went straight from academy to first team, Eddie went on a few loans, Emile [Smith Rowe] went on a few loans, so everyone’s journey is different.

“But ultimately, it’s about getting to where you want to get to, and that’s the same for me. I want to play in the first team at Arsenal, and being here (Swansea) is a massive pathway to help me do that.”

Patino has always been hailed as an Arsenal star of the future but still needs to grow while on loan at Swansea in order to break into the Arsenal lineup. He is only 19 and has all he needs to develop into the best midfielder he aspires to be. His desire to be a part of Arteta’s project may be realized, as there may be openings to fill with players such as Jorginho, Mohammed Elneny, and Thomas Partey expected to leave next year.

He’s established himself as Swansea’s go-to midfielder in the Championship, starting eight of the nine games he’s appeared in. He has a rating of 7.14 on Sofascore. He has one goal and three assists on his record. If he can continue to play well this season, he will be able to persuade Arteta that he, like Saliba, is ready to be integrated into the Arsenal team, and I’m sure Mikel Arteta will be keen to see him in action in next summers preseason games so he can assess his progress.

He certainly acts like he is keen to spend his career in the Gunners first team.

And hopefully he will!

Darren N


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  1. Saliba was bought, he wasn’t an academy player so very different. Saka, ESR and Eddie were all promoted by other managers to the first team IIRC.

    So if we are looking at our academy players that were first promoted by MA that play relatively regularly? Is there 1?

  2. really pleased to see academy players come through the system to the first team – after all that is what the academy is for

    while Arsenal has a reputation for a young squad [which is great] we actually haven’t seen Arteta bring many through from the academy

    they were either before his time, e.g. Saka, ESR, Nketiah

    or not true academy products, e.g. Saliba, Martinelli

    recent transfer windows have seen finished article pros restricting opportunities for youngsters, including ESR not just academy

    and then we sell Balogan over in August then start talking in October about buying a new striker from outside

    so I am a little concerned Patino may not get the first team opportunity with Arsenal he deserves

  3. If MA thought Patino deserved his chance in our first team, doubtless he would pick him. But MA agreed that Patino should go o loan and, though he has done FAIRLY well at a lower level, he is already 19 and were he destined for the very top , he would IMO be already showing far more productivity. IMO any TRUE would be superstar is well on the way at 19 and most , by far,already are regular first teamers.

    There ARE late developers its true, but they are exceptions. Purely on the balance of likelihood, It seems to me that PATINO will NOT reach the status some predict for him. I wish to be proved wrong but doubt I will be.

  4. I hope Patino is working on bulking up, building strength, while retaining speed over the ground. The Championship is a tough finishing school.

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