Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino has been touted as one of the most talented players that has come through the club’s academy system for a number of years
Arsenal supporters hoping to get their first glimpse of wonderkid Charlie Patino on Tuesday night are set for disappointment, with Mikel Arteta expected to go strong in the Carabao Cup.
After their disastrous start to the season, Arteta’s side have now put together a seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
Without any European football this season, there is also the expectation that Arsenal can enjoy domestic cup runs, even in a tournament which is seen as the lowest on their list of priorities.
A win over Leeds in north London would see them move into the last eight of the competition, with a golden chance to secure a trophy as early as February.
With that in mind, Football.London report that Arteta will name a strong, senior line-up, leaving the likes of Patino to look on from the sidelines.
The Spaniard believes the game with Leeds is a perfect opportunity to keep the feel-good factor going around the club with another win in front of their own supporters.
Patino, 17, has been turning heads in the development sides having graduated through the academy setup at Hale End.
Brian Stapleton, the Gunners scout who first spotted Patino back in 2015 has been full of praise for the midfielder.
“Of all the years I’ve been scouting, he’s the best kid I’ve ever seen,” Stapleton told Goal recently.
“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.”
Sean O’Connor, one of the key figures at Arsenal’s academy, has an even bigger claim.
“Sean 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,” Stapleton added.
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Arteta was expected to draft in the youngster in the previous round, admitting that he was ‘close’ to being selected, only for Thomas Partey’s need for minutes seeing him pushed out the picture.
While Partey no longer needs to build up his minutes, the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny are expected to get the nod at the base of the midfield.
Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard, after dropping to the bench for the Villa victory, is also set to come in.
Bernd Leno is also set to be recalled to the starting XI, replacing Arsenal’s new No.1 Aaron Ramsdale in between the sticks.