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Arsenal to activate 2-year player contract option this week

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Charlie Patino with Blackpool (Photo via Blackpool on Twitter)
Arsenal's English midfielder Charlie Patino, who scored a goal on his debut, applauds supporters on the pitch after the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 21, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Arsenal’s English midfielder Charlie Patino, who scored a goal on his debut, applauds supporters on the pitch after the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 21, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

The Athletic report that Arsenal are expected to activate a two-year option in Charlie Patino’s current deal this week. The player’s contract lasts until summer, but the option extends it to 2025.

Daniel Matthews of the Daily Mail confirms that Arsenal are expected to trigger their option in the coming days, shortly before the option’s deadline. But Matthews adds that formal talks over a new long-term deal have yet to start properly.

Patino is currently on loan with Blackpool, which perhaps makes contract talks a little more complicated.

But despite an injury setback early on in that loan spell, Patino has had a positive few months with the Championship side so far.

The 19-year-old has made 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring a couple of goals and providing a couple of assists from midfield.

Blackpool have had real problems as a team, dropping into the relegation zone. But Patino has been a bright spark on an individual basis, and Blackpool boss Michael Appleton is clearly happy with how he’s adapting to senior football.

“I’d like to think progression-wise he’s learnt a lot,” Appleton said. “He’s certainly developed already in a short space of time.

“There’s parts of his game that people probably questioned – even at a very young age – whether he could cope with it, and obviously the physicality side of it was probably one. I think he’s dealt with that really, really well.

“I think he is far more competitive than what people give him credit for. He’s had to play in two or three different positions and had two or three different roles in terms of what we want from him. He’s enjoyed that, he’s stepped up and taken the responsibility at a very young age.

“I think both ourselves and Arsenal are delighted with Charlie. I think Charlie is in a good place and he’s looking forward to the games coming up.”

Charlie Patino celebrates his goal for Blackpool by shushing the Preston North End fans (Photo via Matt Scrafton on Twitter)
Charlie Patino celebrates his goal for Blackpool by shushing the Preston North End fans (Photo via Matt Scrafton on Twitter)

David Ornstein had initially reported that Patino’s contract expires in the summer, that Arsenal had a two-year option to extend, and that the Gunners were yet to open contract talks.

That was back in October, with Ornstein adding that the midfielder is generating interest from elsewhere in England and beyond.

Arsenal also have a recall clause in Patino’s contract for January, though the Gunners seemingly have no plans to activate it. The loan appears to be going well for all parties.



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