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Ex-Arsenal ace Wilshere impressed by Patino: There's similarities, but...

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he's been impressed by Charlie Patino.

The 17-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Arsenal's academy.

Wilshere, who is back training with Arsenal to maintain his fitness while also doing his coaching badges, has been impressed by what he has seen of Patino.

Speaking to PA, he said: "I know him. I've seen him play and he's a good player.

"He's obviously really young still and got a lot of developing to do but he's definitely one who everyone at the training ground is talking about.

"The first-team players know who he is and he is a good player and one for the future for sure."

But ex-Gunners star Wilshere has been quick to play down comparisons, as he remarked: "Yes, there are some similarities.

"There are quite a few, but he is a different player as well and I think it is important people see him for who he is rather than say: 'oh he is the next Jack Wilshere'.

"He has certainly got some qualities I didn't have and there are things he needs to work on but he is going to make a name for himself in the future."

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