Father confirms Arteta’s admiration for Arsenal teenager

Arsenal has the reputation of grooming youngsters and giving first-team chances to them.

The likes of Cesc Fabregas have been brought to the club as teenagers and handed chances to impress at a very young age.

The current team has the likes of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock playing first-team football even though they are still very young.

Both players came through the ranks at the Arsenal academy and it seems that they will soon be joined by Charlie Patino who has been impressing with the club’s youth team.

The 17-year-old has been watched by Mikel Arteta and his coaches and his father recently revealed in an interview that his son is loved by Arteta.

Julio told a Spanish media outlet that they were happy that Arsenal had offered his youngster a professional deal before revealing that Arteta and his coaches love Patino.

“We are happy to sign that first contract, Charlie has worked hard,” Julio told Spanish outlet La Opinión a Coruña as quoted by The Star.

“Arteta and all the technicians love him, but not only for what he does on the pitch.

“He doesn’t give problems, he listens, he asks them, he is interested in what they tell him.”

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  1. Tired of overhyping our promising youngsters that barely ever make it to the Championship later on in the EPL.

    Out of the 100’s that have been through our academy how many ever made it at Arsenal, in the EPL or Europe?

    For more than 20 years we can count on one hand the ones that just about made it.

    It’s all promise and promise.

  2. Well thats Academy Football though
    but saying only a handful have made it to the First team in 20 years is WAY OFF

    Lets take a look at young players that have made first team after being in the academy.

    in 1999 ( thats where we will start and each player isnt in order because I just cant be bothered to look them all up)

    ESR ( possible )
    Le Coq

    That is just off the top of my head and is far more than a handful.

    SO i’m a little lost by your comments my friend, what you need to realise is making the switch from academy to first team is a big, big step up even for the best players at academy level cant make that transition.

    1. that was just player that have represented Arsenal at first team level.

      What about that spud Harry Kane?

      There are plenty of others that havent played first team football for us and have made it at top league level

  3. Just like other team’s academy. Arsenal academy is not a failure. How many of the academy players of big team like Barcelona made it to their first team. Very few indeed.

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