Charlie Patino has decided to leave Arsenal following first-team frustrations

Charlie Patino has decided to leave Arsenal after first-team frustrations as the 20-year-old has failed to break into manager Mikel Arteta’s plans, according to the Evening Standard.

The Hale End graduate is currently on loan in the Championship with Swansea City after spending last term in the division with Blackpool.

Patino has two appearances for Arsenal – from the 2021-22 campaign – and appears to have played his last game for the North Londoners given the stiff competition for playing opportunities.

He will find himself behind Ethan Nwaneri in the pecking order should he return to the club, with Arteta ready to give the 17-year-old a first-team push after he penned his first professional contract last month.

With just over a year left on Patino’s deal, the Arsenal boss is expected to sanction his exit this summer to allow the Gunners to cash in on him before his contract expires, with clubs in Spain interested in him.

Having weighed in with four goals and four assists so far this term, the young midfielder will not be short of suitors in the summer transfer window.

Patino has already been linked with Juventus, and more clubs will emerge for his services once it becomes clear Arsenal are ready to sell.

Another loan move is ruled out for the England youth international, and returning to the club is not a realistic target for either party, so parting ways permanently in the next few months is all but guaranteed.

It just could not work out for Patino at Arsenal despite his enormous talents at youth level, with the top-notch quality of the first-team squad under Arteta making it difficult for him to get any major opportunities at a run of games.

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