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Charlie Patino drops hint on his future ahead of next season

Charlie Patino posts an Instagram photo of him back at London Colney this week.

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Charlie Patino has dropped a possible hint regarding his future as his situation at Arsenal remains uncertain.

The Arsenal loanee enjoyed life in the Championship this season. Patino made 34 appearances for Blackpool during his loan spell, scoring two goals and recording four assists.

Although Blackpool did finish 23rd and were relegated to League One, the 19-year-old was a bright spark in an underperforming team and playing that many games at such a young age will only benefit him moving forward.

Charlie Patino recently posted on his Instagram showing he was back at London Colney, working on his fitness ahead of next season. The young star star was also recently in Portugal putting the work in ahead of next season where he aims to make a big step up in his career.

Charlie Patino signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in 2021 and the player is regarded as one of the clubs top prospects with the expectation that he will eventually break into the first-team one day and become one of Mikel Arteta’s main players.

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However, it has recently been reported that the England Under-20 international is eager to secure a transfer away from the Emirates Stadium this summer in order to play first-team football next season.

Charlie Patino was a big player for Blackpool during his loan spell in 2022/23 and it looks like one year of first-team football has made him hungry for more next season, which is something Arsenal can’t offer him at this current moment.

Charlie Patino is back at London Colney to discuss his future. [Image Credit: Getty Images]

It appears no decision by Mikel Arteta has been made on Patino’s future yet, with talks expected to happen over the next week regarding the players’ future. Arsenal are not in any rush to give up full control of Patino’s future at this stage of his career. The Arsenal board will try to insist on a buy-back clause being included in any proposal if they are to agree to a sale this summer.

Arsenal recently activated a two-year option in Patino’s contract, keeping the playmaker tied to the club until the end of 2024/25.

Granit Xhaka has left the club, however with the signing of Declan Rice set to be announced shortly and one more midfielder expected to arrive if Thomas Partey leaves, it looks likely Charlie Patino will have to leave North London if he is to achieve the game time he wants next season.

Arsenal do have European football back at the Emirates Stadium next season which could somewhat persuade the player, however it’s unclear whether Mikel Arteta would trust the the 19-year-old to play in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Charlie Patino is expected to remain at London Colney for the near future until a decision has been made on his future.

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