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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given his stance on wonderkid Charlie Patino after snubbing the 17-year-old for his side’s Carabao Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners ran out 3-0 winners against the League One side on Wednesday night.
Patino has hit the headlines in recent weeks amid speculation that Barcelona are interested in landing the midfielder.
He has been impressing for the Arsenal under-23s this season and had been expected to feature in the Carabao Cup clash.
But when the teams were announced before kick-off, Patino wasn’t even named in the matchday squad.
“He was very close but in the end we decided that some players needed some minutes,” Arteta said when questioned about Patino’s omission after the match.
“It will happen with time. Give him time and we will prepare him.”
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Arsenal looked to be on their way to a routine victory against Wimbledon as Alexandre Lacazette struck an 11th-minute penalty to open the scoring after Gabriel Martinelli had been brought down in the box.
But Wimbledon battled hard and kept the Gunners at bay for the rest of the first half.
After the break the visitors pushed for an equaliser but were eventually overcome as Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah added late goals.
The victory saw Arsenal secure their place in the fourth round of the competition, where they will face Leeds United at home.
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