Arsenal’s academy has a long and rich tradition of producing first-team stars.

During a below-par spell under Mikel Arteta, the performances of home-grown youngsters such as Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have provided some much-needed positivity.

You can rest assured that the Gunners will have more young talents coming off the conveyor belt in the coming years looking to make an impact.

The highest hopes appear to centre around 17-year-old Charlie Patino - a midfield maestro who has caught the eye and been tipped for stardom.

He has already drawn comparisons with Jack Wilshere and Phil Foden, with insiders noting he is viewed by many as the top prospect currently emerging from Arsenal ’s academy system.

Charlie Patino has been tipped as a rising star of the Arsenal academy (

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It is easy to see why after clips of Under-23 performances have hit social media already this season, including a stunning solo goal leaving Phil Jones in his wake against Manchester United.

Patino could be set for his first-team debut against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup in what Gunners hope will be the first of many senior appearances for the club.

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In demand youngster

Picked up by Luton Town whilst playing for St Albans City Youth Football Club at the age of seven, Patino played three years above himself for the Hatters.

When he was 12, he attracted plenty of interest and opted to join Arsenal ahead of offers from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

Arsenal reportedly paid Luton a £10,000 compensation fee, whilst his father, Julio explained to the Luton Herald & Post at the time: "Opportunities like this don’t come too often so you’ve got to take them and we’re absolutely delighted for him.

Patino was snapped up from Luton when he was just 12 after attracting interest from huge clubs

“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.”

High expectations

Since arriving at Arsenal, Patino has generated plenty of buzz and high expectations.

According to The Sun, some insiders believe he is better than Jack Wilshere was at 16, as well as having similarities with Manchester City star Phil Foden.

In a Reddit Q&A, Football.London's Chris Wheatley said: "Charlie Patino is the next big thing at Arsenal and I am certain he will become a regular for the club in a few years time."

The teenager has been compared to Jack Wilshere and Phil Foden

Those sentiments have been echoed by Goal’s Arsenal correspondent, Charles Watts, who said last season on his YouTube channel: "Charlie Patino, everyone that I’ve spoken to and every time I’ve seen him he’s impressed me.

"Everyone I’ve spoken to has been really impressed by him and is really excited by him. He’s really looking like that Jack Wilshere type player. He’s the most exciting player coming through."

Patino consistently played at a higher age group for both club and country, captaining England in an Under-16 match against Spain when he was 14.

He also featured for Arsenal Under-18s against Chelsea at the same age before quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the side.

The Arsenal youngster is also an England youth international who has played above his age group

Last season, he has started four games for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 since the turn of the New Year, scoring against Chelsea in February.

However, an injury suffered against Manchester City ruled him out for a couple of months before his return to the fold this season.

First-team involvement

Patino has caught the eye of Mikel Arteta and been involved in first-team training since last season.

He has named Dani Ceballos as a player he has learnt from, telling Gooner Fanzine: “I play as a part of the midfield pivot, one player that I really look at is Dani Ceballos.”

Patino was handed his first professional contract last October, a deal officially announced by the club in a hint as to how highly-rated he is considered.

Petino has trained with the Arsenal first-team and caught the eye of Mikel Arteta

Upon putting pen to paper on his new deal, Patino said: "Amazing to sign my first professional contract with Arsenal. Thanks to everyone who has helped and believed in me.

"The hard work continues and my dream of one day making my full debut for Arsenal pushes me on."

Shortly afterwards, his dad claimed that Arteta and his coaching staff “love” the teenager.

“We are happy to sign that first contract, Charlie has worked hard,” he told La Opinión a Coruña.

“Arteta and all the technicians love him, but not only for what he does on the pitch.

“He doesn’t give problems, he listens, he asks them, he is interested in what they tell him.”

Having returned from injury, further opportunities to be integrated with the first-team are sure to aid his development with high hopes he will become a future star for the Gunners.