Charlie Patino will be involved when Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday evening, according to Football London. At this stage, it’s unclear how strong the Gunners’ team will be when they travel to the City Ground.

The youngster will be making the trip, however. He is predicted for big things and scored during his debut against Sunderland in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

Patino is the latest in a long line of talent to emerge from the Hale End academy. He is tipped for big things and Mikel Artera clearly rates him.

Arsenal Patino
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The 18-year-old has been training with the first team this week. Arsenal are light in midfield and it’s claimed that he could actually start the game against Forest.


Patino has spent time playing in Kevin Betsy’s under-23 ranks this season. He has shone to the point where Arteta has been forced to take notice.

Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are both at the African Cup of Nations; with Albert Sambi Lokonga the only recognised midfielder in the Arsenal ranks ahead of Sunday.

Patino looks like a future star. Rio Ferdinand certainly thinks so and after his heroics against Sunday, he said ‘it was a joke’ just how good he was at such a young age.

Caution: Forest will have to watch Patino carefully

If Arsenal do give the green light to Patino to start, the Reds will have to watch him closely. He typically operates in midfield and Ryan Yates’ mission could be crystal clear on Sunday.

Arsenal will surely have some experienced players making the trip north. Arteta’s team aren’t in Europe this season and they’ll fancy going deep in the FA Cup.

Arsenal Patino
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The likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli will all hope to be selected. If those three do play, then Forest’s chances of an upset will be fairly small.

Patino is a star of the future. Forest will hope they don’t become another victim of his brilliance at the weekend just as Sunderland did last month.

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