After the Gunners’ comeback, Jack Wilshere says that one Arsenal youngster reminds him of himself.
After reuniting with Mikel Arteta’s side, former Arsenal player Jack Wilshere has provided his assessment on the exciting young Gunners prospect who has been compared to him.
After the ex-England ace signed back up with the Gunners, Jack Wilshere heaped admiration on Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino.
Wilshere has been exercising alongside Mikel Arteta to keep his fitness up while he looks for a new club.
Along with his fitness efforts at Hale End, the 29-year-old has been working on his coaching badges.
Returning to Arsenal training has allowed Wilshere to get up up and personal with Patino, who has been dubbed ‘the future Wilshere’ by many.
When asked about the Gunners starlet, the ex-West Ham and Bournemouth midfielder was eager to praise the 17-year-old.
“I’m familiar with him. When asked about Patino, Wilshere told PA, “I’ve seen him play and he’s a good player.”
“He’s clearly still very young and has a lot of growing to do, but he’s definitely one of the players at the training ground that everyone is talking about.”
“The first-team players are aware of his presence, and he is a capable player with a bright future.”
Patino’s stock has been rising at the Emirates this season, and it looked as though the wonderkid was about to make his senior debut in last month’s Carabao Cup victory against AFC Wimbledon – only for Arteta to opt out.
Patino, on the other hand, appears to be on his way to joining Arteta’s team sooner rather than later.
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Sean O’Connor, the Gunners scout who identified both Wilshere and Patino, said last month that Patino was “the best” he’d ever seen when discovering talent for the Londoners.
Wilshere has also supported the youngster to make the grade, admitting that the two have certain similarities.
“There are some parallels,” the midfielder continued.
“There are a few, but he is a unique player, and I believe it is vital that people appreciate him for who he is rather than assuming he is the next Jack Wilshere.”
“He has some attributes I don’t have, and there are some things he needs to work on, but he’ll establish a name for himself in the future.”
Wilshere has insisted on getting his coaching badges alongside his training. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.