Arteta hails Arsenal star Patino's 'dream' debut against Sunderland

Mikel Arteta hails Charlie Patino’s ‘dream’ debut after Arsenal teenager scored in Carabao Cup win over Sunderland… with boss lauding strike as a ‘beautiful moment’ but insisting ‘we have to cook him slowly’

  • Charlie Patino made his Arsenal debut and scored in the win over Sunderland 
  • The teenager was brought on in the second half and tucked away the fifth goal 
  • Mikel Arteta admitted his cameo was a ‘dream’ and also a ‘beautiful moment’
  • However, the club are keen not to overburden him despite his superb showing

Mikel Arteta hailed a ‘dream’ debut for Charlie Patino after the teenager scored to help Arsenal reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals with victory over Sunderland.

‘A beautiful moment,’ Arteta said following the 18-year-old’s first senior goal in Tuesday night’s 5-1 win.

Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick and Nicolas Pepe also netted before Patino announced himself at the Emirates by turning the ball home in stoppage time.

Mikel Arteta hailed the ‘dream’ debut from Charlie Patino in Arsenal’s win against Sunderland

‘It was a dream. As a debut to come here, to score in front of our fans, a really special moment,’ Arteta said.

‘He is a kid that is coming through our system, a lovely kid.’

Arteta added: ‘(The fans) know what he can become and now we have to cook him slowly. Today was a good start.’

Gunners boss Arteta admitted Patino’s late strike in the Carabao Cup was a ‘beautiful moment’

Patino was brought on in the second half and tucked into the bottom corner for Arsenal’s fifth

The Arsenal boss is desperate not to overburden the playmaker with expectation.

‘That is what we have to avoid. He still has a lot of competition in front of him. He is really young. And he needs to go step by step. Today he was lucky, he got the opportunity and he took it really well.’

Tuesday night also saw a first senior hat-trick for another academy graduate, Nketiah, whose future is uncertain as he approaches the final six months of his contract.

‘I’m desperate to play. Every player wants to play. All I can do is keep working hard day by day, and hopefully it will sort itself out,’ Nketiah said.

Arsenal and Arteta are keen to not overburden their wonderkid despite his superb showing

‘Hopefully I get the opportunities. I think I’m just eager to play football, that’s my main ambition. I’m here, I’m under contract. As long as I play for Arsenal, I’m going to give my all.’

All of the 22-year-old’s five goals this season have come in the Carabao Cup and he added: ‘It’s the competition (where) I’ve been getting starts and opportunities to play. 

‘Whenever I’m asked to play, I’m going to do my best to help the team. I’m there if the manager needs me.’

Eddie Nketiah, another Arsenal academy graduate, hit a hat-trick in the rout at the Emirates

Arteta reiterated that the club want to keep Nketiah, claiming: ‘We are trying. It’s not about anything else but minutes.’

The manager added: ‘He has incredible work-rate, he has pace and has the smell for goals. He has the capacity to finish in the box on any surface and I really like his character. He wants to be the best and works all the time to do that. 

‘He’s a player that has come through our system and that’s why we want to keep him.’

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