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Arsenal win battle for 11 year old starlet with Chelsea and Manchester City


It's a sign of the times when three of the leading Premier League Clubs are all after the same signature - in this case of an 11-year-old Luton town player! Arsenal have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City in this particular race.

Arsene Wenger's side have agreed to pay Luton the required £10,000 compensation to the League Two team to sign one of the game's brightest young talents.

According to the Daily mail, Chelsea had offered Luton double for Patino, but he wants to train with the team closest to his home in St Albans.

Manchester City made a late attempt to sign him, but after discussions with his family the young midfielder will start his career at Arsenal next season.

Arsenal are making huge improvements to their Hale End academy complex as part of a strategy to compete with the other top clubs in the Barclays Premier League.

The club believe they have fallen behind big spending Chelsea in recent times and Tottenham have also started a massive recruitment drive at the lower age group.

Patino's move to Arsenal will also call in to question the ability of the top clubs to pick off and poach young players so easily- and it also demonstrates hwo extensive the scouting network is for the Premier League's biggest clubs.



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