Arsenal youngster backed to impress after shining on debut against former Premier League rivals

The Gunners prospect completed the first loan move of his career last week.

Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino has been described as ‘great’ after making a big impact on his debut for Blackpool

The 18-year-old had a spectacular introduction into life with the Gunners first-team when he netted on his senior debut ten minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 5-1 win over Sunderland in last season’s Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Patino was given a second chance to impress in the senior setup when he appeared as a substitute in the FA Cup third round defeat against Nottingham Forest.

The youngster undoubtedly has potential and ability but the next stage in his development will come away from the Emirates Stadium after he joined Championship club Blackpool on a season-long loan last week.

Speaking about the move, the Gunners youngster told the club website: “This is a great opportunity for me, and I think I’m ready to take this on. It’s the next step of my career and I’m really excited to get going.

“I spoke to Danny Ballard and Dujon Sterling before coming to the Club and they were full of praise and said it’s an amazing place to be where everybody is welcome.

“They also mentioned the fans, the Tangerine Army, who are always on their feet at home and away games. I’m just buzzing to play in front of them and show them what I’m about.”

Patino was named as a substitute as Blackpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday - but did make an impact after being introduced as a second-half substitute.

Speaking after the game, Tangerines manager Michael Appleton gave his thoughts on the youngster’s introduction into life in English football’s second tier.

He said: “He takes yards off people sometimes with his ability to get away from people. I thought he was great.

“I thought he showed a calmness. He showed an old head on very, very young shoulders and I enjoyed watching him.

“I think the Blackpool fans over the coming season are going to enjoy watching him.”

Patino will hope to make a first start for his temporary employers when Blackpool host League Two club Barrow in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.