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Spain plans move to poach England Under-18 and Arsenal star Charlie Patino

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Spain plot move to England Under-18 starlet Charlie Patino with midfielder compared to Jack Wilshere and Liam Brady poised to make his Arsenal first-team debut

  • Spain could poach Arsenal and England under-18 wunderkind Charlie Patino
  • The Watford-born 17-year-old is eligible to play for Spain through his father Julio
  • Patino could make his first team debut for Arsenal against AFC Wimbledon
  • He is considered one of the best talents to emerge from the club academy in years
  • CLICK HERE to read Charlie Patino’s Sportsmail profile











England face renewed competition from Spain for Arsenal star Charlie Patino, who could make his senior debut against AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday night.

Spain is hatching a plan to strip the exciting 17-year-old midfielder from the English set-up.

Watford-born Patino has represented England to under-18s but qualifies for Spain through his father Julio and has grandparents there.

Spain plans for Arsenal and England under-18 midfielder Charlie Patino (right)

There's a chance Mikel Arteta (pictured with Patino) will give the midfielder his first-team debut when Arsenal host AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night

There’s a chance Mikel Arteta (pictured with Patino) will give the midfielder his first-team debut when Arsenal host AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night

His recent development has prompted the Spanish Federation to revive their efforts to persuade him to change allegiances.

Patino came over from Luton to Arsenal at the age of 11 and has become their academy’s last great hope, with his journey to the first team accelerating this season.

He has been compared to Jack Wilshere and Liam Brady and has impressed Mikel Arteta and his new teammates since he was promoted to train regularly with the Gunners first team.

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