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Patino breaks the silence after Arsenal debut with team-mate message and PSG comment

Arsenal star Charlie Patino thrilled fans on Tuesday evening with his debut goal against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup - and his comments afterwards were well received (Author: Gardener)

Charlie PatinoArsenal star Charlie Patino wowed fans with his debut goal against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night - and his comments afterwards were also well received.It was an unforgettable debut for Arsenal prodigy Charlie Patino when he came off the bench to shine the Gunners' 5-1 win over Sunderland by scoring the last goal of the game. After the Gunners win, Mikel Arteta was able to make a first-team debut for senior midfielder Patino in the final 10 minutes of the Carabao Cup game. When the game went into extra time, the England U19 international converted an assist from Nicolas Pepe to crown his first-team debut with a goal. Patino has now spoken about the game - and responded to a fan question about his "PSG transfer". Elsewhere, the Gunners have made a decision on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because they "intend" to avoid another Mesut-Özil situation. Join the debate! What do you think of Charlie Patino's first-team debut? Charlie Patino impressed on his midweek Arsenal Carabao Cup debut (Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty Images) The Gunners have reportedly made a decision about the future of former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Charlie Patino broke his silence after his Arsenal debut to thank team-mate Nicolas Pepe for assisting. Patino stabbed home late in the game against Sunderland to get Gunners fans even more excited about the Hale End Academy graduate. But Arsenal's newest star seems firmly on the ground as he sent a sweet message to teammate Pepe after the game. Wonderkid Patino responded to a fan who informed him of a transfer offer Paris Saint Germain made for him - on his latest football manager collection. The fan sought advice from the real Patino on how to re-launch his in-game version after becoming unhappy when the offer was rejected by PSG. And Patino's response will have Arsenal fans buzzing that the real deal seems to see its long-term future in north London.

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Mauro Icardi barely saves PSG a point in Lorient as Sergio Ramos receives the red card

Argentinians leave it too late for Pochettino's 10 men (Author: Gardener)

LorientParis Saint-Germain ended 2021 with a 1-1 draw at FC Lorient in Ligue 1, where Mauro Icardi saved the late, late point after Sergio Ramos was sent off with two yellow cards after coming on as a substitute. Mauricio Pochettino's side almost weathered Les Merlus' attack by half-time, but Thomas Monconduit put the embattled hosts ahead as they tried to end a seven-game losing streak at Le Championnat. To make matters worse, Ramos was sent for break at the Stade du Moustoir and did not even make it through the entire second half, as he was sent off after two quick warnings when the time for Les Parisiens ran out. But as so often this season, there was a late turn that narrowly prevented PSG from losing and it was once again Icardi who headed the lead after a cross from Achraf Hakimi in stoppage time. "It was a very, very difficult game," said Ander Herrera after the game. “Lorient was very well organized and played very defensively. We created chances, especially in the second half, but you always suffer when you don't score. Lorient are a strong defensive team. “I think we did everything to win but didn't take our chances. Ligue 1 is strong and I think it lacks respect. If we get two or three of these chances, we win. However, we are 13 points ahead of the second and this statistic says everything you need to know. ”“ It's no wonder, ”said PSG captain Marquinhos after the final whistle. They waited for a mistake and punished it with a goal. “We had chances and if we use ours in the first half then we'll change the game. Teams are motivated to play against PSG. Pochettino and PSG are now heading into 2022 with a provisional 13-point lead at the Ligue 1 summit, which Olympique de Marseille could well reduce to 10, while the need to improve together remains stronger than ever. Kylian Mbappe and Marco Verratti have been suspended for the chilly trip to Brittany while Neymar is at least a month away from returning from his recent injury setback, but the problems go deeper than they did under Pochettino. It has been almost exactly 12 months since the Argentine replaced Thomas Tuchel and he is no closer to imposing his authority on this squad or imposing a recognizable identity when the team is on the field. That draw will in all likelihood count for nothing as PSG remain dominant in the race for the Ligue 1 title, but the lack of chemistry and a common goal will tear the group apart in the UEFA Champions League when they face Real Madrid in the knockout phase. There's a chance the French giants could make a mid-season switch like last season, of course, but whoever replaces Pochettino - Zinedine Zidane has been a big favorite lately - will also have a lot of work to do. PSG's greatest hope for success is that their top-class squad will wake up and pull together, knowing that they will come close to meeting this season's goals, which include success in the Champions League.

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Ramos is sent off because PSG drew against Lorient

The defender had only come off the bench for the third time since moving from Real Madrid. (Author: Gardener)

RamosSERGIO RAMOS WAS sent off when Paris Saint-Germain saved a 1-1 draw with Ligue 1 fighter Lorient on Wednesday thanks to Mauro Icardi's stoppage-time equalizer. In their last game in 2021, PSG trailed Thomas Monconduit's thunderous first-half goal for Lorient in Brittany until Icardi saved a point with a 91st-minute header. Ramos had been kicked off the bench early in the second half for his third game since moving to France from Real Madrid last season but was sacked after a yellow-red card four minutes left. PSG, with top scorer Kylian Mbappe and playmaker Marco Verratti both out of suspension and Neymar out injured, have put on another worrying underperformance that will focus on coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine, nearing the first anniversary of his appointment, has struggled to get the most out of PSG's superstar players despite being a whopping 13 points ahead of their closest challengers Nice and Marseille at half-time in the French season. "In terms of results, we're still in all competitions so we're doing well in that regard," said Pochettino. “In terms of performance, we're still trying to get the best out of the team. We're sure we'll make it over time, but we know we have to improve a lot. ”The Parisians, who will play against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, were lucky to have lost to a team Avoiding Lorient, who lost her last eight games and hadn't won a game in three months. Nigerian striker Terem Moffi missed an early breakaway chance for Lorient when Keylor Navas saved his shot in the PSG goal. Lionel Messi, who still only has one goal in Ligue 1, volleyed the post midway through the first half and Lorient took the lead five minutes before half-time when Enzo Le Fee Monconduit slammed a shot into the top right corner outside the box. Armand Lauriente failed after an hour from Navas, although Angel Di Maria had a great chance over the bar at the other end shortly before after Messi's preparation. Lorient appeared poised to claim a valuable win in their battle for relegation after Ramos received a second yellow card for an apparent body check on Moffi. But then, in the first minute of stoppage time, Achraf Hakimi defended a cross from the right and Icardi headed in. Nice climbed to second place ahead of Marseille on goal difference after winning 2-1 at home from behind Lens, with Mario Lemina and Justin Kluivert scoring their goals after Arnaud Kalimuendo put the away team ahead. Marseille needed a penalty from Dimitri Payet to make it 1-1 at home against Reims in the eighth minute of stoppage time. Montpellier is fifth after beating Angers 4-1, while Ligue 1 top scorer Jonathan David scored a late winner for his twelfth of the season when Lille fell back and beat Bordeaux 3-2. Ailing Lyon were held 1-1 at home by Metz and Clermont's game against Strasbourg was canceled at the last minute due to fog.

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Carabao Cup result, final score and reaction tonight

Brentford vs Chelsea LIVE: Carabao Cup Score, Final Score, & Reaction Tonight - Follow the action of the EFL Cup quarter-finals at the Community Stadium (Author: Gardener)

tonightWatch all the action as Brentford welcomes Chelsea to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals tonight. The Bees will play their first game in almost two weeks after their squad was badly hit by a Covid outbreak, which resulted in their games against Manchester United and Southampton being postponed. Angry after the Premier League rejected Chelsea's request to postpone the game against the Wolves last weekend, Thomas Tuchel has called on a number of Academy players to fill the gaps in their squad and is likely to produce a highly varied squad . However, the head coach will want to avoid the pressure of yet another disappointing performance and result as the Blues are now six points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League after just one win in their last four games. Follow the latest updates below: 80 minutes: Jansson steers James cross into his own net to give Chelsea the lead86 minutes: Jorginho hits Pulisic after Fernandez's failureChelsea joins Arsenal and Spurs in the semi-finals while Liverpool-Leicester go on penalties 21:47, Alex Pattle penalty shoot-out in front of the Leicester fans at Anfield ... 21:37, Alex Pattle A brave performance by Brentford, who lost only late when Tuchel brought in reinforcements. 21:34, Alex Pattle 90 min .: three minutes of stoppage time. 21:29, Alex Pattle 86 min .: Jorginho puts his penalty in the middle while Fernandez dives to the right! 9:28 pm, Alex Pattle Pulisic knocks the ball down in the Brentford box and Fernandez trips it! 21:25, Alex Pattle Nice footwork by Kante before he passes the ball to James, whose cross is diverted from Jansson's right into the Brentford net ... The own goal has put Chelsea in the lead in the last 10 minutes! 21:22, Alex Pattle 77 min .: Saul goes into the book for a trip to Jensen. 21:17, Alex Pattle 73 min .: Brentford makes another change when Baptiste makes way for Frank Onyeka. 21:15, Alex Pattle 71 min .: Fernandez gives up a Brentford possession by stepping directly into midfield of the Blues for a long time. 21:12, Alex Pattle James' powerful free-kick from far is shot straight into the air by Fernandez, the ball falls on Barkley, who steers a low shot in the direction of the goal ... It is deflected wide for a Chelsea corner. 21:09, Alex Pattle 64 mins: Chelsea are still fighting to break Brentford and Tuchel is set to make further changes. Mount replaces Vale and James replaces Simons. All three Chelsea debutants have now been substituted on. For Brentford: Ivan Toney replaces Wissa and Norgaard replaces Janelt. 21:04, Alex Pattle 59 min .: The Brentford free kick is whistled with a head. Chelsea soon collapse, with Jorginho at the center of the play. He picks Barkley in the hosts' box, but Brentford ousts him and the attack fizzles, Frank counters and Mbeumo is barely knocked into a through pass when Kepa slides to pick him up. 9:02 pm, Alex Pattle Jensen will take it, and he plays it briefly to kickstart a practice field routine ... It culminates in a cross that Kepa can claim a long way and manages to clearly beat him. Brentford stays on the ball outside the Chelsea penalty area and wins a free kick in dangerous position. 20:59, Alex Pattle 55 min .: Alonso with a cross similar to Sauls from earlier ... Barkley slides in but can't get the ball past Fernandez! 20:59, Alex Pattle 55 min .: Alonso with a cross similar to Sauls from earlier ... Barkley slides in but can't get the ball past Fernandez! 20:57, Alex Pattle A rebounding cross from Saul goes through and hits Henry, forcing Fernandez to come down quickly and keep the ball off the bottom corner of his net! Almost an own goal ... 20:55, Alex Pattle 50 min .: Pulisic has been looking cheerful since he started school and has shown a lot of footwork. He is at the center of a Chelsea attack but nothing comes of it and Brentford takes a goal kick. 20:52, Alex Pattle 47 mins: Brentford is all over Chelsea after a Blues goal kick and Barkley almost loses possession on the edge of the box for the second time that night ... However, a foul is awarded in his favor. 8.49 p.m., Alex Pattle Two changes for Chelsea at break: Kovacic and Soonsup-Bell are replaced by Jorginho and Christian Pulisic. 20:44, Alex Pattle The second half is just around the corner. Here are the other halftime results: A reminder that Arsenal made it through to the semi-finals 5-1 against Sunderland last night. 8:31 pm, Alex Pattle Brentford created better chances early on, but Chelsea grew into the game. 20:30, Alex Pattle Azpilicueta sends a cross from the depths and finds the unmarked Vale ... It's a big chance, but he heads the ball deep into Fernandez's gloves! 20:27, Alex Pattle 41 min .: A long ball over the top finds Henry, who is charging towards the goal ... One last challenge scares him off and his shot is saved by Kepa. The resulting Brentford corner doesn't yield anything. 20:26, Alex Pattle 39 mins: Alonso was one of Chelsea's best outlets and he's doing a good run in the Brentford box. He shoves a pass to the right where Barkley receives it and fires a long range shot. .. Fernandez holds it up with ease, however. 20:23, Alex Pattle 36 mins: Vale was lively on his first-team debut for Chelsea and he uses neat footwork to get off a shot that leads to a corner. It goes deep and goes back over the box for Chalobah to attempt an overhead kick that is a little tame and easy to hold by Fernandez. Brentford breaks out and looks ominous, but Baptiste is dispossessed at the last moment. 8:18 p.m., Alex Pattle Kepa is called to action again and again refuses a header! This time it is an attempt by Jensen who is swept away by the Chelsea keeper. 20:16, Alex Pattle 30 min .: Vale finds himself in the Brentford box on the ball and pushes a pass to Alonso, who is overrun. However, the Chelsea man never had full control of the ball and no penalty will be awarded. 8:15 p.m., Alex Pattle Jensen's corner goes very high and low, and it is hit with a half volley that just goes past. 20:12, Alex Pattle Fernandez tries to clear this time, but his shot only sends the ball to Azpilicueta outside the Brentford six. The defender shoots a shot high over the crossbar. 20:08, Alex Pattle 21 min: Chalobah takes too long to clear the ball after Barkley lost the ball on the edge of the Chelsea box. 20:06, Alex Pattle 19 mins: Kovacic sends a pass into the left corner to allow Alonso to pursue, and the left-back digs a cross. 20:03, Alex Pattle 16 mins: Great footwork from Wissa as he pushes the Chelsea box before giving Janelt a pass on his left. Brentford's attack ended after a weak cross and Chelsea countered ... Barkley's own cross reached Barkley, who twisted a half volley off it. 19:58, Alex Pattle Henry makes a scorching run to the left flank and crosses for Mbeumo ... Kepa's header from close range is held in the Chelsea goal! A great stop, but the Brentford striker had to do better! 19:55, Alex Pattle 9 min .: A clever pass from Vale splits the Brentford defense and prepares Alonso for a cross from the left, which is intercepted. Chelsea wins the ball back and Kovacic and Alonso combine on the left. 19:53, Alex Pattle 7 min .: Chelsea wasted a throw-in deep in Brentford's half, but the hosts followed suit. Chelsea try to work out an opening on the left but end up switching play to the right. 19:50, Alex Pattle 4 min .: Chalobah tries a long ball over the top, but Havertz can't get it in front of Fernandez in the Brentford goal. The hosts' subsequent possession of the ball is short-lived and Chelsea are back on the ball. 19:48, Alex Pattle 2 min .: Chelsea with early possession, recirculates the ball under careful pressure from Brentford. 7:43 PM, Alex Pattle 7:35 PM, Alex Pattle Here's everything you need to know about tonight's Carabao Cup semi-final draw: When is the Carabao Cup semi-final draw? 19:22, Alex Pattle As Premier League clubs continue to get a grip on Covid-19 and game lag, progress on the Carabao Cup may not be in everyone's interest, writes Jamie Braidwood: Welcome to the Carabao Cup, where the winners are lose and loser win 19:13, Alex Pattle Thomas Tuchel has to rediscover his golden touch if Chelsea is to avoid a bleak midwinter, writes Richard Jolly: “This was Tuchel's worst month under Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel has to rediscover the golden touch if Chelsea is to avoid the gloomy midwinter 19:04, Alex Pattle So there are Chelsea debuts in the first team for Harvey Vale, Xavier Simons and Jude Soonsup-Bell sent by Tuchel. 6:39 p.m., Alex Pattle Brentford has not played for two weeks due to Covid-related game postponements amid his own outbreak and they have no number of injured players due to injuries and illness and coach Thomas Tuchel may have to look out for players Here are our expected line-ups: 18:29, Alex Pattle will be quarter-finals between Liverpool and Leicester and Tottenham and West Ham. Arsenal beat Sunderland 5-1 yesterday evening to secure their place in Semi-finals to be drawn after today's games. 3:25 PM, Tom Kershaw Welcome to The Independent's live coverage as Brentford welcomes Chelsea to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. Brentford will play for the first time in twelve days after the last two Premier League games were canceled due to Covid breaks. Even so, Thomas Frank has a relatively full squad available, with star man Ivan Toney in the running to start after his recovery from Covid-19. Tuchel was furious after the Premier League rejected Chelsea's request to postpone the game against Wolves last weekend and a frustrating draw left his side clearing even more ground in the title race. Carabao Cup LIVE Draw: Semi-finals revealed as Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham compete to join Arsenal

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Rachel Riley wins £ 10,000 in damages after suing former agent Jeremy Corbyn over tweet

Rachel Riley took legal action against Laura Murray after she was labeled "dangerous" in a damning post following an attack on Jeremy Corbyn. (Author: Gardener)

Rachel RileyRachel Riley receives £ 10,000 in damages after suing former Jeremy Corbyn agent over tweet Rachel Riley has taken legal action against Laura Murray after calling her "dangerous" in a damning post following an attack on Jeremy Corbyn. Get exclusive celebrity offers and house tours behind the scenes straight to your inbox every day. Something went wrong, please try again later. Thank you for subscribing. The Countdown star took legal action against Laura after calling her “dangerous” and “stupid” in a devastating Twitter post on social media in 2019 after an attack on the former Labor leader. On Monday, Mr. Justice Nicklin rejected Laura's defense of the truth and honesty, saying that Rachel, 35, had "a right to justification". Judge Nicklin concluded that Laura should have known that her online attack would be read as "provocation" and that the defamation case against her "could easily" have been avoided with another carefully worded message. Rachel Riley was awarded £ 10,000 in damages after suing former Jeremy Corbyn employee Laura Murray, who falsely accused her of calling the former Labor leader a "Nazi" after an attack on Jeremy, Rachel has a screenshot of the tweet dated after an attack on Jeremy Posted on January 1, 2019 by Guardian columnist Owen Jones about an attack on British National Party leader Nick Griffin, which read, "I think reasonable advice is if you don't want to be pelted with eggs, don't Nazi. "She added the comment" Good advice "with a red rose and an egg emoji. In response, Laura tweeted," Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque to visit My Mosque Day and was attacked by a Brexiteer . "Rachel Riley tweeted that Corbyn deserves a violent assault for being a Nazi. The online argument between Rachel and Laura broke out as a Brexit Anh The online dispute between Rachel and Laura broke out when a Brexit supporter threw an egg at Corbyn during a visit to a mosque in north London In March 2019, Rachel sued Laura for defamation over her tweet, arguing that her message was sarcastic and that she did not label Corbyn a Nazi. She also claimed that Laura's tweet damaged her reputation by demanding that she be fired from her television job. Laura defended that Rachel's comment was an honest opinion, arguing at the May libel trial that she "100 percent" believed Rachel compared Corbyn to Nazi slander. "Owen had tweeted that Nazis were attacked. She applied it to Jeremy Corbyn," she told the judge. On Monday, Mr. Justice Nicklin rejected Laura's defense of the truth and honesty, saying that Rachel had "a right to justification". “Don't get involved with her. Don't get involved '. ”Another hearing was scheduled for January 22nd next year to resolve any outstanding issues relating to the libel case. Rachel said she was "relieved to finally have a justification," as she said in a statement on. Twitter wrote to her 691,000 followers: “I am delighted to have won my defamation trial against Laura Murray, the former Labor Party complainant. “This has been a very exhausting process and I'm relieved to finally have a justification. I hope this serves as a reminder that you cannot defame people without consequences, even on Twitter.

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Arsenal censored by ASA for crypto token advertising

Arsenal was ticked off by advertising oversight for promoting fan tokens, saying it was "a trivialized investment in crypto assets." (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal seek an independent review of the ruling judgment. Arsenal was ticked off by advertising oversight for promoting fan tokens, saying it was "a trivialized investment in crypto assets." The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) said two ads posted on the Premier League club's website and Facebook page in August were misleading. It said they had not made clear the risks of trading such assets, the potential tax implications, or that the tokens are not regulated in the UK - and ordered that they may not reappear in the same form. The ASA said the ads that featured a video featuring Arsenal players were "irresponsible for exploiting consumer inexperience or gullibility and downplaying investments in crypto assets." Fan tokens can be traded on exchanges, which allow supporters to vote on minor decisions such as songs that are played at games. The ASA said the Arsenal ads did not make it clear that the token is a crypto asset that can only be obtained by opening an account and exchanging it with another cryptocurrency. An Arsenal spokesman said they are seeking an independent review of the verdict and will seek to comply with the watchdog's instructions. "We take our responsibility in terms of marketing our fans very seriously," said the spokesman. "We have carefully checked the communications to fans regarding our promotions and provided information on financial risks." Arsenal had told the ASA that fan tokens were developed to encourage participation by supporters and were "significantly" different from other cryptocurrencies used as a means of payment. More than 40 clubs from Europe to South America have launched fan tokens. The largest fan token launched by Paris Saint-Germain is valued at $ 49 million (£ 36.7 million) in total, compared to Bitcoin $ 929 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Fan tokens allow supporters to vote on smaller decisions

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Mills urges Arsenal not to put too much pressure on Charlie Patino

Danny Mills has called on Arsenal to keep new child prodigy Charlie Patino down after the 18-year-old midfielder scored on his debut for the Gunners' first team against Sunderland mid-week. (Author: Gardener)

Charlie PatinoDanny Mills has called on Arsenal to keep new child prodigy Charlie Patino down after the 18-year-old midfielder scored a mid-week goal on his debut for the Gunners' first team. Patino scored the last goal in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup Arsenal in a 5-1 win over League One Sunderland on Tuesday evening. The teenager has been described by some Arsenal youth team circles as the best player to survive the Gunners Academy line-up, but former England international Mills claims the north London club can't afford to pressure him over. "Great night for the young man," Mills told talkSPORT after watching Patino score against Sunderland. "It's absolutely fantastic, but people say he's the best player they've ever seen through the doors of the Arsenal Academy." That's a lot of pressure. “Sometimes we put all our hopes on players who are too young and too early. Maybe that's unnecessary pressure that he doesn't need. ' Patino is the youngest youngster Arsenal have promoted from their youth team to their academy line-up in recent years, with players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe now key players in the club's senior-level starting XI. Eddie Nketiah, who scored a hat trick against Sunderland on Tuesday, is another Gunners Academy's product, while Arsenal have also included young players such as Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli on their team under the age of 23. Former Gunners star Paul Merson believes Arsenal's new line of academy products could be the new "Class of 92" that Manchester United has made first-team icons such as David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. "Imagine if Nketiah comes on the team and suddenly you have Smith Rowe on one side and [Bukayo] Saka on the other," Merson told Sky Sports. “Or they could have Martinelli on one side and let Smith Rowe fall behind. “Those four players and young Charlie could be with Arsenal for the next five, six or seven years. Who knows, it could be the next Man United. ' But Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta appears to have led Mills' advice by saying the club will slowly cook Patino as he continues his rise to first-team star. Coming here as a debut to score in front of our fans is a really special moment, "said Arteta." He's a kid who comes through our system, a lovely kid. '(The fans) know what he can become and now we have to cook it slowly. Today was a good start. "He's really young. He was lucky today, he got the opportunity and he used it very well."

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Charlie Patino's response to an Arsenal fan who turned down the PSG sale at Football Manager

Arsenal Academy talent Patino has grown to be a star in both real life and at least one soccer manager, and the youngster has given his virtual self some advice (Author: Gardener)

Charlie Patino'sArsenal academy talent Patino has grown to be a star in both real life and at least one soccer manager, and the youngster gave his virtual self some advice on how to save a soccer manager while reassuring fans his love for the club. A virtual version of the child prodigy had his toys thrown out of the stroller after he was denied move from north London, but his response suggests the real patino is in no danger of doing the same with the youthful talent scoring Arsenal's fifth Scored in a 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland to mark a dream debut and called his senior team debut "the best day of my life". Is Charlie Patino ready to make a Premier League debut? The goal against Sunderland made Patino one of Arsenal's youngest ever goal scorers. The real Patino has played the minutes for the Arsenal U23 this season, played several games in Premier League 2 and also played in the Papa John's Trophy. He hopes the senior team's debut in the Cup is just the beginning after academy manager Per Mertesacker said: "His plan has always been to stay with the U23 and then eventually face the first team". Arsenal has seen some of its other young talents rise to stars in north London, including Cesc Fabregas among the more prominent examples, and one supporter was given some sort of reassurance after his football manager rescue threatened another star from the To take game Emirates Stadium. "Hey man, basically I developed you in FM and you became a top notch gamer who started wearing my Arsenal page," the fan wrote in an Instagram message to Patino that was later shared on Reddit. "Any advice on getting the virtual Charlie Patino back on board?" Not only did Patino respond to the fan, but he also responded in a way that was intended to allay any fears Arsenal supporters had about the player doing the same thing in real life. "Tell virtual Charlie Patino to grow up and remind him that Arsenal is a more classic club ... It was exactly what the fan wanted to hear. The real Patino signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in 2020 when he was only 17 years old, and further goalscoring contributions could further reward him as he continues to establish himself at the club.

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5 players who could replace Aubameyang - from Vlahovic to Calvert-Lewin

After Mikel Arteta dealt with the defense over the summer, the next pressing problem in the transfer market is finding a new center-forward (Author: Gardener)

AubameyangThere is growing evidence that Arsenal are a better team when their recently-deposed captain and best-known player - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - is absent. Since Mikel Arteta removed the 32-year-old from his squad, the Gunners have won all four games and scored a total of 14 goals. Suddenly Arteta has an abundance of offensive talent to choose from, especially in the three advanced roles behind the striker. Add in Nicolas Pepe's encouraging performance against Sunderland and the emergence of the newest hale-end prodigy Charlie Patino and things suddenly look really promising. With Aubameyang's future apparently not in north London and Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah's contracts expiring at the end of the season, Arteta could potentially lose all three of his main strikers in the next few months. Arsenal are expected to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to offer a contract extension to Lacazette, while Nketiah has so far denied the club's interest in a contract extension. Both players are free to discuss a pre-contract transfer to a club outside of England from the beginning of January and there will be no shortage of buyers. Arteta used the latest transfer window to revise his defense. Three of Arsenal's five regulars behind them - Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu - signed this summer, while another new signing, Nuno Tavares, was replaced by Kieran Tierney. The 21-year-old's goal in the 2-2 draw against Sassuolo on Sunday brought him to 33 in the league this calendar year, setting a record for Cristiano Ronaldo during his Juventus days. Although Vlahovic's contract is only running for 18 months, Fiorentina has no plans to let him go cheap and wants to start a bidding war next month. "I don't know if he's going to Juve but I want to tell you, Arsenal and the whole world that Fiorentina owns Vlahovic's contract," said owner Rocco Benito Commisso. Both Arsenal and Spurs were heavily linked to Lautaro Martinez's moves in the summer, when the owners of Inter benefited from a squad that had just won their first Serie A title in a decade. The big sales of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and Achraf Hakimi to PSG allowed Inter to keep Martinez, with the Argentine becoming the club's new attacking leader. The 24-year-old was in fatal form again this season, combining 11 league goals with two assists in 16 games. Although he will be difficult to win from San Siro after signing a new long-term deal that made him the highest paid player on the squad, Inter's well-documented financial troubles could make a deal more feasible. Much like Inter, Lille dethroned a dominant domestic rival last season before subsequently losing some of their best players and managers to cash flow problems. The Ligue 1 champions are closer to 20th place Saint-Etienne than leaders PSG this season, but that slump doesn't seem to have affected Jonathan David, who has scored 11 goals in 18 league games and three times in the Champions League. Like Martinez, David is tied to a long-term contract having only joined Lille in 2020 but the French club's reputation for capitalizing on their precious assets could work in favor of Arsenal. Likewise, the good relationship between the clubs: Arsenal spent a club record of £ 72million on Nicolas Pepe of Lille in 2019 and a further £ 23million to recruit Gabriel Magalhaes the following year. Arteta is building an exciting young team that revolves around a promising core of English talent, much like Mauricio Pochettino's side from Tottenham. Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have all established themselves as key players for Arsenal and could be assisted by another Englishman, with Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin also reported as a target. Although Calvert-Lewin is limited to just three league games this season due to injury, he has scored 19 goals in the Premier League since the beginning of the 2020/21 season - a total of only five players in the division and four more than any other Arsenal player above Period. The Athletic report that Calvert-Lewin has admirers at Arsenal and, at 24, fits into the club's transfer model for signing young players. Nketiah showed what he has to offer when he scored a hat trick against Sunderland mid-week, but if he goes, Arteta's ranks have no shortage of offensive talent. Folarin Balogun is valued at the club and put an end to speculation about his future by signing a new four-year deal in April before his contract expired. And then there is Gabriel Martinelli, who recalled his graduation skills in the last few games. The 20-year-old has scored four goals in his last six Premier League games and is arguably the most clinical finisher in Arsenal's squad after taking 25 percent of his shots on goal. Martinelli has had a huge impact from a left wing position but has the qualities to become a top center forward should Arteta try to use him there.

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Who is Charlie Patino? Arsenal's "beautiful kid" who keeps making headlines after a £ 10,000 move

Not for the first time, Charlie Patino made headlines Tuesday night after scoring a goal on his Arsenal debut. “A nice moment,” said Mikel Arteta. He made newspaper headlines when it was 11 years old when it was revealed that Arsenal had won the race to sign him from Luton Town. (Author: Gardener)

Charlie PatinoNot for the first time, Charlie Patino made headlines Tuesday night after scoring a goal on his Arsenal debut. The 18-year-old came off the bench 10 minutes before the end of the game against Sunderland, the fans were already singing his name, and until well into stoppage time he pushed the ball coolly into the lower corner to announce his arrival. Patino had his name in the spotlight on Tuesday, but he made a name for himself from a young age. He made newspaper headlines when it was 11 years old when it was revealed that Arsenal had won the race to sign him from Luton Town. Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all wanted to sign Patino, who delighted the Scouts, and he went to all three clubs as well as Arsenal. The youngster eventually decided to join the Gunners, partly because it was close to his home in St Albans, but also because of the club's track record of giving young players a chance. Arsenal paid £ 10,000 to sign Patino from Luton, where he had sometimes played three years over his age group. Playing years above his age group was a theme of Patino's development and he was only 14 years old when he captained England's U16s against Spain. It was a proud moment for the youngster whose father is Spanish and his grandparents live in Spain, which made him eligible to play for them if he wants. At Arsenal, Patino has continued his trend of playing in age groups years older than him and he has been on the accelerated path to the first team. Tuesday was the 18-year-old's first taste for senior football, but members of the club are sure there is much more to come. The challenge for Arsenal is to control the hype that will inevitably grow after Patino's debut. Fans have already called on him to play, especially after his goal against Manchester United U23s went viral earlier this season. It was a splendid goal that demonstrated Patino's tight control and skill, which he honed with futsal as a child. The midfielder was a huge advocate of the sport and played for the Escolla Futsal Club and has credited him for helping his technique. Tech has always been Patino's forte, but more recently the goal has been to work on his strength and speed as he progresses through the age groups. Since he's so young, it isn't set in stone where Patino will play in the end, but he did talk about his desire to become a No. 8. He enjoys scoring and scoring goals, and his strike against Sunderland shows that he has a knack for getting into the box late. Arteta likes the balance of his playmakers in midfield and the fact that Patino is left footed makes him an ideal successor to Granit Xhaka. Arteta has said the plan is to "cook it slowly" but Patino is already knocking on the door. "He's obviously very young and still has a lot to do, but he's definitely someone everyone is talking about at the training ground," he said. It feels like it won't be long before everyone, not just those at Arsenal, is talking about Patino.

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