Blackpool have confirmed that Charlie Patino will spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Bloomfield Road.
The England under-19 international joins the Championship club with a view to gaining more experience in senior football having made his debut for Arsenal last season.
Viewed as one of the brightest talents in the Gunners academy, the year ahead will be vital to Patino’s development.
“This is a great opportunity for me, and I think I’m ready to take this on,” he told the Blackpool website. “It’s the next step of my career and I’m really excited to get going.
“I spoke to Danny Ballard and Dujon Sterling [who were previously loaned to Blackpool from Arsenal and Chelsea respectively] before coming to the Club and they were full of praise and said it’s an amazing place to be where everybody is welcome.
“They also mentioned the fans, the Tangerine Army, who are always on their feet at home and away games. I’m just buzzing to play in front of them and show them what I’m about.”
New Seasiders manager Michael Appleton is also clearly chuffed with the acquisition.
“Charlie is a very talented boy and I’m delighted that Arsenal have trusted us to look after him and further his development,” he said.
“The Club has a good relationship with Arsenal from previous loan deals, as I have personally from taking players to my former clubs, with Brooke Norton-Cuffy being the most recent last season.
“Charlie is one of the best midfielders in his age group and I can’t wait to start working with him.”
Best of luck to Charlie at Blackpool.