Arsenal Squad Review: Why we can only buy 1 more senior player

Over the years I have written blogs on the status (not state) of our squad.

Basically answering the questions of how many non-home grown players we have, how many home grown, how many U21.

It is usually a good exercise to see exactly why Arsenal need to sell before buying, and to see what status of player we can sign.

As always, the rules.

People often make the mistake of thinking you need a minimum of 8 home grown players in the squad. You do not. There is no minimum.

The rule revolve around the maximum of non-home grown players. You can have no more than 17.

For all intents and purposes, a side could register just 17 players for a season. All non-home grown. And not register a single home grown player.

You also have U21 players. They do not need to be registered in the main squad list.

For this season a you are U21 if you are born before 1st January 2000.

As it stands (I am writing this on Tuesday morning), our squad looks like this:

The break down is as follows:

  • Non-home grown – 16 players
  • Home grown – 8 players
  • U21 – 6 players

So to put simply, Arsenal have one space left in the squad of 25 that had to be registered with the Premier League. That space can be filled with anyone – home grown or non-home grown.

Some people are concerned that selling Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding and Reiss Nelson would vastly reduce our home grown contingent.

Yes, it would do that but it really is not that important.

Over the 3 categories Arsenal currently have 30 players. With no European football we have less games. We really do not need that many players.

All 5 of those players could be sold and not replaced and Arsenal would still have 2 players for each position.

The only issue selling all 5 would mean is we would still onely have 1 non-home grown player spot. So if we sold them and wanted to add another couple of players, one would have to be home grown and the other either home grown or non-home grown.

As our main targets seem to be James Maddison and Aaron Ramsdale, this does not seem to be a huge issue.

Edu and his team will also be looking to move on a few more non-home grown players.

The likes of Runar Alex Runarsson, Saed Koalsinac, Lucas Torreira and Willian will all surely be sold or loaned out before the end of the summer.

Getting rid of these 4 would give Arsenal a lot of flexibility as to what they can bring in.

Looking towards the future, everyone on the U21 list br Nuno Taveras will become “home grown” over the next 2 seasons so we also do not have much to worry about there.

So as it stands, Arsenal are in a tough position on squad size rather than the make up of the squad. We can only add one senior player to it without selling or loaning.

Selling players is key prior to further investment.



5 thoughts on “Arsenal Squad Review: Why we can only buy 1 more senior player

  1. Anthony

    I hate this kind of analysis as it is NOT correct.

    As the Ozil situation proved, selling isn’t a requirement for opening options, that is solely based on whom the club chooses to register.

    Be correct before committing to an article.


  2. Ibibo Samuel

    Arsenal FC should not only buy one senior player rather overhaul the entire weaker vessels in the team by bringing in new Striker, defensive and attacking midfielders to boost the entire team.



    so they can replace Runar with any keeper they want , not necessarily a home grown & so is the case with Lucas. This means they can buy any GK & MF as these two players are going out & replacement ensures our immediate requirements are met ( a back up GK & AMF). That will still leave one place for any type of player without worrying about home grown or not. So where is the issue here ? I think the problem is not this quota but balancing the accounts. Arsenal have far too may many highly paid players for their last 2-3 years PL position & expected position in next ~2 years. They are highly unlikely to break into top 4. They should have thought about this while giving new offer to Auba & buying Willian. Also they don’t have assets they can sell to get enough money to buy. So unless Owner invests (& we don’t know how financial fair play restricts that) there is no hope



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