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Arsenal set to win race for 11-year-old

It's time to make a not-so-bold prediction: Charlie Patino will sign for Arsenal.

Why? It's simple: he lives in London Colney. The nearest training ground is Arsenal's, so why travel further away to Chelsea or Spurs? Money might swing him away, but unless his family want to relocate then it has to be Arsenal.

At this stage, for the average Arsenal fan, it's nothing to get excited about. Patino won't play first-team football for another 5 years, and maybe not even then.

Jack Wilshire has that some young prodigies come good, as he was signed up at the tender age of 9 by Arsenal. However, we shouldn't expect too much from Patino.

Let's not forget Luke Freeman. He was undoubtedly a young player with quality, but for some reason didn't really crack it at Arsenal.

The road to success is littered with broken dreams, but at least most of the players that don't quite make it at Arsenal forge a career at one the football league's lesser lights. That's why I expect we will here of Patino again, even if it's just a mention on Soccer Saturday when Jeff Stelling's doing his round-up of the lower leagues.



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