“Of all the years I’ve been scouting, he’s the best kid I’ve ever seen”: Brian Stapleton praises PATINO

By Sportarsh Team
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Arsenal scout Brian Stapleton brands 18 year old CHARLIE PATINO as ” best kid I’ve ever seen” after watching him play for Luton Town.

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The 18-year-old is one of nine players from the academy that are in the first team roster under head coach Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal’s youth system continues to produce results, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere, and Serge Gnabry.

Arteta has already been informed that he has a serious star on his hands, despite the fact that he might not be ready just yet.

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During an interview with GOAL, Stapleton said:

Of all the years I’ve been scouting, he’s the best kid I’ve ever seen. I got a tip off about Charlie from a guy, so I went over there and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

He was 11 and I think he was playing in the Under-13s, and I was like ‘wow’. His first touch was unbelievable, his vision, his awareness of space. He was way above his years, he was on another planet to anyone else on the pitch.

I made a phone call to my head of my department at Arsenal at the time, Sean O’Connor. He asked what I thought and I said, ‘well, I’m not coming back again. I don’t need to see any more, you need to sign this kid straight away.

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