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Arsenal to lose young midfield star

Charlie Patino, hailed by some as one of the best players ever to come out of the Hale End academy, will leave Arsenal the summer.

The 19 year old has spent the season on loan with Championship side Blackpool, but was unable to prevent them being relegated to League One.

Several months ago, the Gunners triggered a clause in his contract keeping him at the club for another two years, but that was primarily to protect his value rather than as a statement of intent about his future.

The problem is that Patino wants to be playing regular first-team football next season and, as highly rated as he is at the Emirates, that is something he is not going to get.

Midfield has been identified  as a priority area for recruitment this summer, and with new arrivals expected, Patino’s opportunities will be squeezed even more.

And with a number of clubs both in England and abroad enquiring about his availability, Arsenal are prepared to facilitate his next move.

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