The signings of Lucas Torreira and Mattéo Guendouzi were the 4th and 5th first team signings of the summer at Arsenal.
Before any dissection of the squad, it is firstly important to remind ourselves of Premier League rules:
- A first team squad must contain no more than 25 players
- Of those 25, only 17 are allowed to be “non-homegrown”
- A “homegrown” player is anyone who has been registered three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21) with an English club
- Players born on or after 1 January 1997 are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.
Working backwards, 4 of the above players listed on arsenal.com fall outside the need to be registered as they are under 21:
This leaves 25 players spaced for senior players to be registered with the Premier League, of which no more than 17 can be non-homegrown:
- Bernd Leno
- Petr Cech
- David Ospina
- Stephan Lichtsteiner
- Shkodran Mustafi
- Laurent Koscielny
- Nacho Monreal
- Sead Kolasinac
- Granit Xhaka
- Lucas Torreira
- Mohamed Elneny
- Mesut Ozil
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan
- Lucas Perez
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Alexandre Lacazette
As it stands we have no non-homegrown squad slots left. This means if we wish to add any additional players, we have 3 options:
- Buy homegrown
- Buy Under-21
- Sell to buy
My bet would be number 3.
David Ospina (or Petr Cech) is likely to leave – there is no point having 3 senior goal keepers who are aged over 21 and none of which are homegrown. Shift one on and either have Emiliano Martinez or Matt Macey (both homegrown) as 3rd choice goal keeper.
If we bring in an attacking player, another option could be to move on Lucas Perez – although reports are that Unai Emery fancies him.
Moving on to the homegrown player’s, with us having 17 non-homegrown, it leaves us 8 slots left for registration:
- Emiliano Martinez
- Carl jenkinson
- Hector Bellerin
- Calum Chambers
- Rob Holding
- Aaron Ramsey
- Alex Iwobi
- Danny Welbeck
- Chuba Akpom
9 into 8 does not go. My prediction is that it the homegrown squad list will actually be reduced to 7 before the transfer window shuts. I do not see the point of us keeping hold of Carl Jenkinson and Chuba Akpom.
So how is the squad actually looking?
With players expected to depart, we will have a first team squad consisting of 27 players made up of:
- 16 non-homegrown players
- 7 homegrown players
- 4 players U21
This will leave us with 2 registration slots free to sign additional players; 1 of which has to be home grown.
My prediction is that we will add an attacking wide player to the squad. Ideally someone U21 but more likely someone non-homegrown.
In an ideal situation you want a couple of available slots in January just in case an injury crises hits.
There is plenty to be excited about over The Arsenal at the moment.