Wilshere praises Arsenal teenager who ‘will make a name for himself’


Jack Wilshere has already named young Charlie Patino as Arsenal player to watch.

Wilshere, returning to London Colney after accepting Mikel Arteta’s invitation to train with the Gunners, has an eye on Patino.

Former England international Wilshere is currently training with the Under-23s as he seeks to get back in shape and find a new club.

The 29-year-old, who has been a free agent since leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season, will also occasionally train with the Gunners’ first-team and study training approaches.

Wilshere watched from the stands as Arsenal’s Under-21s won 4-3 at Newport in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday.

Patino has not played after making his Under-19 debut in England last week. But Wilshere is convinced a first-team debut is on the horizon for the central midfielder.

“I know him. I saw him play and he’s a good player,” Wilshere told UKTN News agency.

“He is obviously still very young and has a lot of development to do. But he’s definitely the one everyone on the training ground is talking about.

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“The first team players know who he is and he’s a good player and one for the future for sure.”

Wilshere admitted that they look like himself and Patino, adding: “Yes, there are similarities.

“There are quite a few of them but he’s also a different player and I think it’s important that people see him for who he is rather than saying ‘oh, this is the next Jack Wilshere’.

“He certainly has qualities that I didn’t have. And there are things he needs to work on, but he’s going to make a name for himself in the future.

Wilshere, speaking as an ambassador for the Utilita Kids and Girls Cup, insists he remains focused on getting in shape at Arsenal and doesn’t expect to sign for the club again.

His agreement runs until the end of January and will see him take his first steps in training.

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“It’s good to be back – first to Arsenal but also just around the players,” he said.

“I used to train alone. It comes with its own challenges, so it’s good to be surrounded by high quality players.

“It’s just until January. I’m just focusing on being as fit as possible, training as much as possible and being surrounded by good players again and learning from them and the manager and seeing where I’m going. am in january.

“I’ve been to a few U23 games because I’m going to start helping and coaching them. And the best way to get to know the players is to go watch them play in matches and learn more about them.

Patron of Arsenal Academy By Mertesacker performed alongside Wilshere at Emirates Stadium and was instrumental in setting up the temporary arrangement with his former teammate.

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Praise be to Mertesacker

Wilshere praised the work Mertesacker has done as he seeks to use his own experiences to help potential future Arsenal stars, even though his main goal is to return to the game.

“Per is a good guy,” he said.

“He was a good teammate and he settled in very well in his new role. Per is an organizer, he was also on the pitch.

“He gave me tasks, teams to train but that’s what I want to do so I can’t wait.

“It’s strange because I still feel young, but I’ve trained with them a few times. I’m 12 years older than some of them, which is very strange.

“But I can’t wait to help them because I have followed in their footsteps. I did this walk from the youth team to the reserves to the first team. I will help them in any way I can.

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