Following on from yesterdays blog where we touched on the state of Arsenal’s squad, I had a few requests to write my yearly “State of the squad” blog. So here it is.
We have a 33 man squad right now which is clearly too many – even with Europa League football.
Of the 33, 6 are Under 21 – which for this year is born on or after 1st January 2001. Those 6 are:
Arthur Okonkwo, William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinlli, Folarin Balogun and Marquinhos.
That leaves 27 players – which is 2 too many for Premier League registration rules.
From the remaining 27, 19 are non-home grown. We can only register 17.
So just to bring us into line with Premier League rules, 2 will have to go. But logistically it will be much more than that.
The 6 U21 players would mean that we could have a bigger senior squad without breaching Premier League rules if only 2 non-home grown players depart. But that would still leave Mikel Arteta with a 31-man squad.
Last season Arteta had a 21-man squad (with a couple of extra youth players taking spots on the bench) by the time the season ended.
I expect his senior training squad to be cut down to around 27 by the time the transfer window shuts at the end of August.
That will be at least 6 players leaving – either on loan or sold.
Enjoy your Wednesday.