By Tony Attwood
We’ve been through the rules about the Premier League’s “25” and the European equivalent so many times I am not going to recite the rules again.
Instead here is the list of the 25s and the extras, and then just in case you have nothing better to do, a little commentary on the issues one or two clubs have had with their transfers of late.
The Premier League 25
- Arteta Amatriain, Mikel
- Campbell, Joel
- Cazorla, Santiago
- Cech, Petr
- Coquelin, Francis
- Debuchy, Mathieu
- Flamini, Mathieu
- Gabriel (Armando De Abreu, Gabriel)
- Gibbs, Kieran
- Giroud, Olivier
- Koscielny, Laurent
- Mertesacker, Per
- Monreal, Ignacio
- Ospina, David
- Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander
- Ozil, Mesut
- Ramsey, Aaron
- Rosicky, Tomas
- Sanchez, Alexis
- Walcott, Theo James
- Welbeck, Daniel
- Wilshere, Jack
Under-21 players (Contract and Scholars)
In this list the players in bold are already first team squad members, and the players in italics are players currently on loan, but who could, of course, be recalled. The loanees and fringe players are important – we only have to think of Coquelin and Bellerin to realise how they can emerge from seemingly nowhere, be covered in the usual shit that some people who call themselves Arsenal supporters throw at players they don’t know or don’t match their criteria, and then become highly valued members of the squad.
Of course I don’t know who might emerge but having watched the youngsters this season from the non-loanees I would rate Krystian Bielik, Yassin Fortune, Alex Iwobe, Jeff Adelaide, and Ben Sheaf. Here’s the list.
- Agyei-Tabi, Marcus
Bola, Marc Joel
Da Graca, Kristopher Santos
Dasilva, Pelenda Joshua Tunga
Eyoma, Aaron Jordan
Fortune, Yassin Enzo
Gilmour, Charlie Ian
Gnabry, Serge David
Hayden, Isaac Scot
Hinds, Kaylen Miles
Huddart, Ryan David
Keto, Hugo Oliver
Macey, Matthew Ryan
Mavididi, Stephy Alvaro
Moore, Tafari Lalibela
O’Connor, Stefan Ramone Sewell
Pleguezuelo, Julio Jose
Champions league 25 plus the “B” list
The B list players are interesting, because clearly the intent is to take them to games and maybe use them in a sixth match where the result is not of consequence. These players are young men who clearly are at the upper reaches of the pecking order in their section. Remember this is where Bellerin came from.
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, David Ospina, Matt Macey, Deyan Iliev (B)
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin (B), Tafari Moore (B), Stefan O’Connor (B)
Midfielders: Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini, Francis Coquelin, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Glen Kamara (B)
Forwards: Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi (B), Chris Willock (B)
Interesting on the goalkeeper front particularly with our third choice keeper not listed because of his loan. And interesting in the forward line, and the re-emergence of Joel Campbell of late.
Anyway, let us move on. The news from Tottenham Hotspur is that they have refused to name Emmanuel Adebayor in either of their squads for the Premier League and Europa League, but they are still going to pay him £5,200,000 for the year.
The problem comes from the fact that West Ham had taken the maximum number of four loanees, and so needed Adebayor to sort matters with Tottenham and become a free agent. He didn’t so they couldn’t.
According to an extraordinarily bizarre piece in Guardian yesterday Adebayor demanded a £5m pay-off from Tottenham to join West Ham. If that is so, why would Tottenham not pay up, if that would save them £200,000 and the embarrassment of everyone laughing at them with Adebayor hanging around? The answer is said to be, “he might go to WHU and score against us.” If they believe that, then they could register him.
As for Saido Berahino, he is in the WBA 25 man squad. West Brom are saying that Tottenham apparently bid just £5m up front with the remaining £20m spread out over another five years. If that is true, it is the most outrageous hard man tactics yet from Tottenham’s renowned chairman.
What will happen if Saido really does go on strike? asks the Guardian. Well, then he is in breach of a contract which has a time span built into it. This means he can have his pay reduced to anything the club wish, including 1p a week. They don’t have to sell him, he can sit there, and watch his career go by.
- 4 September 1975 – Walley Barnes died aged 55. Towards the end of his playing career he was also manager of Wales, and then moved on to work for the BBC, and was commentator on the very first edition of Match of the Day in 1964.
- 4 September 1979: Arsenal’s biggest league cup win beating Leeds 7-0 after a 1-1 draw at Elland Rd. Alan Sunderland got a hat trick and Liam Brady scored two penalties, Nelson and Stapleton the other scorers.
The Untold Books
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal