Arsenal have confirmed that Charlie Patino will spend the year on loan at Swansea City.
The 19-year-old midfielder heads to south Wales to gain more experience of senior football having impressed in the Championship last season with Blackpool.
At one point, it looked like Patino, who has two Arsenal appearances to his name, might leave the club on a permanent deal but we’ve pulled back from that knowing he’s still under contract until 2025.
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— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 11, 2023
In his first interview with his new club, Patino said: “I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started. Playing against Swansea City last year was a really tough challenge so I’m really looking forward to being part of it.
“Swansea are a really good team with the ball in and out of possession. It just made me want to be part of it this year. I think this is a good place to help me develop, and I just want to get the team in the best possible position this year.
“The facilities here are Premier League standard and I’m really looking forward to working here every day. I’m looking forward to seeing the manager and players, and get training.
“I developed a lot last season at Blackpool. When you’re coming from an academy, it’s a lot different from being in a first team environment. In a first team, you’re fighting for three points every week and games are always just around the corner and it’s Saturday, Tuesday most weeks.”
Best of luck, Charlie.