Lowdown on the Arsenal Academy intake for 2020-21 - the future looks bright for Charlie Patino and the boys

Arsenal Academy intake - the lowdown on the brightest set of young talent at the club for a long time including Charlie Patino

Lowdown on the Arsenal Academy intake for 2020-21 - the future looks bright for Charlie Patino and the boys

Charlie Patino is one of the bright young talents in the latest Arsenal Academy intake.

Arsenal have announced an intake of 16 new scholars - with many experienced observers believing this is one of the most talented intakes the club has had for a long time.

Next Generation Arsenal gives Gooner Fanzine the lowdown on the future of the north London giants. 

Omari Hutchinson

Wonderful technical ability and a very creative winger, will turn defenders inside out. Well established in the England set up too, has a eye for a good goal but will always look to create chances. One of our standout young players with a big future ahead.

Zach Awe

An exciting defensive prospect who has a lot to learn but is imposing in size and dominance. Can play CB and DM and is very combative in both positions. Has played for the U18s already and will look to establish himself.

Henry Jeffcott

A hard working left back who loves to get up and down the flank with plenty of energy. Can play at CB too but seems to have excelled at left back and played well in his U18s debut. Busy player who puts himself about similar to Swanson.

Charles Sagoe Junior

A really exciting winger, can be raw and too instinctive at times but his dribbling ability and low centre of gravity is a joy to watch. Will be interesting to see how he copes with physicality going up the levels.

Brooke Norton Cuffy

A really exciting right back who is physically impressive. Gets forward and attacks with confidence whilst being reliable and strong at the back. Has been involved with England and impressed at that level too. Definitely one could progress very fast.

Mauro Bandiera

A tough midfielder with a touch of class to his game. Comfortable and tidy on the ball whilst imposing himself in winning duels. Did well in his three outings for the U18s so far and will look to build on this. Will look to break into Portugal’s youth setup too.

Zane Monlouis

The most experienced of the intake having featured regularly for the U18s. He is a quick, ball playing CB who does well in duels at both ends of the pitch, already grabbing a couple of goals for the U18s. He had some tough games in the U18s and will hopefully use that experience to improve.

James Lannin-Sweet

Talented midfielder who is recognised in the England setup, likes to get goals from midfield and can operate as an ‘8’ or ‘10’. Energy and goals in a similar mould to Aaron Ramsey.

Billy Vigar

Old fashioned English No9, who can play as a target man bringing others into play. Strong and physical and chases down everything. He will relish see being on the end of some good deliveries from his talented colleagues operating out on the flanks. Could surprise a few.

Khayon Edwards

Hard working forward that plays on the last shoulder of the defence, his pace and finishing are very impressive, certainly a player who will look to follow the path of Eddie Nketiah. Has made his U18s debut already and won’t be long before he’s finding the net.

Charlie Patino

A player who already has a lot of plaudits for his performances with the England U18s and U17s. A very talented midfielder with great passing ability. Likes to dictate from deep and drive forward. A progressive player who is one of the clear stand outs of the intake – and a subscriber to the Gooner Fanzine too!

Taylor Foran

Intelligent CB and a leader of the group, successfully captaining the U16s. A good reader of the game and uses his size well to impose himself. Reliable and disciplined and will work hard to improve on his passing and technical ability.

Marcelo Flores

An attacking midfielder who has flourished in his first year at Arsenal and took his chances well with the U18s too claiming an assist in the FA Youth Cup. The young Mexican is a fantastic dribbler but also a creative player capable of delivering assists. High hopes for Flores.

Jack Henry-Francis

Tidy midfielder who is disciplined and reliable. His blend of aggression and short passing can be effective for the team. Reminds some of Charlie Gilmour.

Remy Mitchell

Talented keeper always playing well beyond his age group, first appeared for the U18s at 15 years old. Became back up to Hubert Graczyk this season. Will hope to progress this season again.

Luigi Gasper

Hasn’t been at the club that long to make that big of an impression but the Brazilian CM certainly is comfortable on the ball and likes to dictate play from deep. Will be interesting to assess how he develops in the U18s but maybe behind the pecking order currently.

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