Highlights of Arsenal star Charlie Patino’s MOTM Blackpool exhibition

Arsenal starlet Charlie Patino showed why he is so highly rated with a man of the match display on his full debut for Blackpool.

Michael Appleton’s Tangerines confirmed the 18-year-old rising star’s one-season loan last week and handed him his first appearance this weekend, coming on as a 20-minute substitute in a 2- 0 against Stoke City in the league.

Patino then got his first start for Blackpool on Tuesday night in a League Cup clash at home to League Two side Barrow.

Blackpool were knocked out of the cup in the first round by their lower league opponents, losing on penalties after a goalless draw, but the evening was not without some positives.

Their new loanee Arsenal produced an eye-catching individual performance that drew rave reviews from Blackpool fans on social media.

He played 70 minutes and was a lively presence. Only Blackpool’s two centre-halves, who finished the full game, registered more touches. Patino also completed 52 passes with 83% accuracy and wasn’t afraid to get stuck in, making four tackles – the most of any player on the pitch.

“A beautiful moment,” said Mikel Arteta after Patino scored on his debut for his parent club in the same competition against Sunderland last December.

“He’s a kid that comes through our system, a lovely kid. He trains with us almost every week. It was a dream. Like a start to come here, to score in front of our fans, a really special moment.

“I think it’s very positive [that the fans were singing his name]. They have heard of it and know what it can become and now we have to slowly cook it. Today was a good start, I think.

“[Too much hype around him] is what we should avoid. He still has a lot of competition ahead of him. He is really young. And he has to go step by step. Today he was lucky, he had the opportunity and he took it very well.


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“I thought he was fine, I thought he was good. A bit too deep in the first half, I tried to get him higher up the pitch in the second half, he’s more than able to play that deeper role but obviously with Kenny (Dougall) in there we had the security so we did ‘I don’t really need him,’ Blackpool boss Appleton told reporters. reporters after the match.

“I think the fans have already embraced him, obviously they’ve got a few songs about him – I’ve heard one. Look he’s gonna be great, he’s got good ability and as long as he learns how to use his keys at the good time and doesn’t take too many touches, he will learn quickly and he will get better and better.


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