Arsenal boss Arteta already has the next Odegaard and Saka to save the club millions
Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have been instrumental in much of Arsenal’s Premier League success this season and Mikel Arteta may already have their replacements in the ranks.
Arsenal could already have their next Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka in youngsters Charlie Patino and Amario Cozier-Durberry. The duo has the potential to save Mikel Arteta millions once they are fully developed, offering the Spaniard immense depth in attacking positions.
Arsenal are enjoying a superb season in the Premier League, with Odegaard and Saka at the heart of much of their on-field success. The pair have scored 20 goals and produced 16 league assists this season as Arteta looks to bring the trophy back to North London for the first time since 2004.
While Odegaard’s form and leadership have been inspiring, it is Saka who is arguably the Gunners’ poster boy, having been through the club’s academy and supported the team since he was a boy. He’s been lucky with injuries, which means he’s started every league game this season, so Arsenal fans don’t have to worry about their team performing in his absence.
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The Emirates faithful hope there won’t be a day when they have to play without the 21-year-old, but the perfect replacement could already be in the gym in Cozier-Duberry form if they do.
The 17-year-old has yet to make his debut for the Gunners, but he’s already been compared to Saka for his performances in the youth team. Like the English international, he is a left-handed winger, capable of playing on both sides, with an eye for goal.
Cozier-Duberry has already trained with the first team and played in the friendly defeat to Juventus in December. He has given fans a glimpse of what he can do, leading to comparisons to Saka.
Patino, meanwhile, impressed during his loan spell at Blackpool, taking on a key role in midfield. He has scored two goals and produced four assists for the Championship contenders so far this season, including one of the performances of the year in a 6-1 win over QPR.
He has already made his competitive debut for Arsenal, scoring against Sunderland in the League Cup last year and could become Odegaard’s heir apparent if he continues to develop at the rate he has.
As a result, Patino and Cozier Duberry could save Arteta millions if they can fulfill their huge potential, allowing the Spaniard to focus on other positions in the transfer market in the future.