Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino reportedly cost the club just £10,000 when they signed the midfielder from Luton Town aged 11.
Patino came off the bench to make his first-team debut for Arsenal during Tuesday’s 5-1 quarter-final win over Sunderland at the Emirates.
Despite being given only around ten minutes to impress boss Mikel Arteta, it turned out to be a dream debut for Patino after the midfielder scored Arsenal’s fifth goal of the game.
Patino – who is a central midfielder by trade – has already drawn comparisons with Phil Foden and Jack Wilshere, according to The Sun.
The Guardian say the Gunners paid only £10k in compensation to his former club after beating the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City to his signature.
Upon signing for Arsenal at the time, Patino’s father, Julio told the Luton Herald & Post: "Opportunities like this don’t come too often so you’ve got to take them and we’re absolutely delighted for him.
“When clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham, come knocking on your door, there’s a reason behind it and you can’t just say ‘no thanks, I’m quite happy where I am.’
"Luton Town didn’t want to lose Charlie, they absolutely love him there, but they realised for him to develop further he needs to move on.”
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The midfielder has consistently played at a higher age group throughout his career, playing three years above his age at Luton, as well as captaining an England Under-16 side against Spain when he was just 14.
Patino has already featured for the England Under-19 side, and the midfielder is said to be one of Arsenal’s brightest academy prospects.
When asked about Patino after Tuesday’s victory against the League One side, Arteta said: "He has a player who has a lot of personality. I’m delighted for him because he’s a kid that we like very much."
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