Arsenal don’t have a lot to shout about at the moment.
The Gunners had a dismal start to the Premier League season, losing their opening three games and conceding nine times in the process.
A narrow 1-0 win over Norwich addressed the slide but three points after their four games still represents an unsatisfactory start for the club.
One thing that Arsenal can be proud of at the moment is their youth academy.
The Gunners have always produced talented youngsters.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are currently regulars for the first team, while their U23 side consists of some promising youngsters.
None are more promising than Charlie Patino.
Patino, just 17 years old, has been making headlines in Arsenal’s youth teams.
And he showed his incredible talent with a brilliant goal against Manchester United U23s on Saturday afternoon.
The youngster won the ball back in United’s third with some impressive strength before driving towards United’s goal.
Patino beat one player with some quick feet and then floored Phil Jones inside the box.
Patino found himself with only Dean Henderson – one of England’s best goalkeepers – to beat.
But the youngster wasn’t fazed as he produced a lovely clipped finish to cap off what was a stunning solo goal.
This kid is special. Charlie Patino – remember the name.
Patino joined Arsenal from Luton in 2019. He has been described as the best player to ever come through The Gunners’ academy.
“Of all the years I’ve been scouting, he’s the best kid I’ve ever seen,” Stapleton told Goal last month.
“got a tip off about Charlie from a guy, so I went over there and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He was 11 and I think he was playing in the Under-13s, and I was like “wow”.
“His first touch was unbelievable, his vision, his awareness of space. He was way above his years, he was on another planet to anyone else on the pitch.
“I made a phone call to my head of my department at Arsenal at the time, Shaun O’Connor. He asked what I thought and I said, “well, I’m not coming back again. I don’t need to see any more, you need to sign this kid straight away.”
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“Shaun O’Connor discovered Jack Wilshere and he said to me that Charlie is the best player who has ever walked through the doors at Hale End. The kid has got so much potential, but he’s not there yet.”
Arsenal fans may see him in first-team action for the first time when they take on AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup next week.