ARSENAL fans have branded Charlie Patino the future of football after his incredible goalscoring debut against Sunderland.
Patino, 18, was brought off the bench in the 80th minute of Tuesday’s 5-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win.
Arsenal were already in cruise control at the Emirates following a strike from Nicolas Pepe and a stunning hat-trick from Eddie Nketiah.
But Patino was determined to leave his mark on the game as Arsenal fans sang his name before he even made it to the field.
League One minnows Sunderland were yet to give up the ghost in North London.
And Patino made a clever run to get himself on the end of a Pepe cross before netting a tidy finish from eight yards out.
The teen even kept a cool head as he celebrated with jubilant team-mates.
And supporters on Twitter found it hard to suppress their joy at seeing one of their own have a debut to remember.
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One raved: “Charlie Patino coming off the bench to score on his debut.
“If this doesn’t give you satisfaction, then football is not for you.”
Another declared: “Charlie Patino, the next rising star!”
One sang: “What a night for young Charlie Patino, brilliant.”
Another noted: “A new weapon has been unleashed today, ready to be used any time we’re in need – Charlie Patino.”
One boomed: “Remember the name, Charlie Patino.”
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Another added: “Charlie Patino, best player in the world.”
Reflecting on Patino’s impact and his reception from the home fans, boss Mikel Arteta said: "I think that is very positive. They heard about him and they know what he can become.
"Now we have to cook him slowly. Today was a good start."
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