Charlie Patino is set to join Blackpool on a season-long loan, reports Jeorge Bird. (We don’t pay him enough for exclusives)
The 18-year-old heads to Bloomfield Road to gain further experience in senior football having played regularly for Arsenal’s under-23s last season.
Few players emerging from the academy have been hyped as much as Patino, who scored on his senior debut as a substitute in last season’s League Cup win over Sunderland.
The midfielder was subsequently handed his first start in January’s FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest but failed to make much of an impact as the team produced a disjointed performance.
While the England under-19 international is clearly talented, the club, as they’ve done with many other highly-rated youngsters, have decided to be patient with his development. He was part of the squad that travelled to Germany in pre-season – and had minutes on the pitch against Nurnberg – but wasn’t included in the touring party for the trip to America.
A year in the Championship will be a tough test but you can be sure that if he proves his mettle, he’ll be back knocking on Mikel Arteta’s door next pre-season.