Mikel Arteta: It was good for Charlie Patino to see what happens when you lose at a big club

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Mikel Arteta: It was good for Charlie Patino to see what happens when you lose at a big club
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  • Arsenal
    Arsenal
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  • Mikel Arteta
    Mikel Arteta
    Spanish association football player and manager
  • Charlie Patino
    English association football player
  • Albert Sambi Lokonga
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  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles
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Mikel Arteta believes Charlie Patino’s first start for Arsenal last week against Nottingham Forest was a “magnificent experience” for the teenager.

Patino, who only turned 18 in October, was thrown into the starting XI for the first team due to Arsenal being short on midfielders.

Albert Sambi Lokonga is currently the only fit and available senior central midfielder at the club, with Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey at the Africa Cup of Nations, Granit Xhaka out with Covid-19 and Ainsley Maitland-Niles having joined Roma on loan.

Patino was duly given his first start for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest and, despite the Gunners losing 1-0, Arteta believes the game will have helped the teenager’s development.

“With Charlie it was the first real exposure that he had, starting the game,” said Arteta.

“I think it was a magnificent experience for him, a tough one, but as well it is good to see what happens when you lose at a big club: the reaction, how the dressing room feels, how the manager feels, what the expectations are.

“You can be there but then you have to sustain yourself there and that is a very different story.”

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