Arsenal Vs Sunderland: Arteta Set To Unleash Wonderkid Branded ‘Next Foden’
Patino – who signed for the Gunners at just 11 years old – has been described as Arsenal’s best academy prospect and could feature against Sunderland in their EFL Cup game, according to The Mirror.
The 18-year-old has never played a competitive fixture for the first-team, but has taken part in regular training sessions. He also captured the fans attention during an U23 fixture with Swindon Town.
Arsenal are set to host the League One side in the quarter-finals of League Cup on Tuesday evening. The competition presents itself as an opportunity for the youngster to gain some first-team experience
Mikel Arteta may look to rest certain players given the fact his squad travel to Norwich City on Boxing Day before hosting Wolves just two days later. It will then be a quick turnaround, taking on Manchester City on New Year’s Day.
Therefore, the game against Sunderland presents itself as the perfect chance for Patino – who was first discovered playing two years above his age group in Luton Town’s U13 ranks – to feature.