Arsenal’s 25 man squad for next season: how is it shaping up?



Every year from about mid-July I start trying to whittle down the number of players that Arsenal have got on their books in order to get to the 25 players that the club is allowed to register for the season.   Obviously also trying to take into account the home-grown requirement of eight players while leaving out the under 21s (although I’m not particularly bothering with the rule about four of the homegrown players having to be club trained, since Arsenal clearly reach and exceed this target.)

And I do this while the media at large is constantly coming up with the names of players Arsenal are allegedly thinking of signing, without once mentioning who is going to be shown the door in order to make room for the incoming players.

Now I know that my list will be wrong, because it always is, but I persist because I do think it must be central to Arsenal’s thinking relating to transfers.  After all they are not going to buy a player only to find they can’t have him in the 25 as they’ve got too many!

So what we have here is a list of the players who are as far as I know still at the club and who are likely to be considered as first-team players.  As you can see from the first column where they are numbered (“No”) there are 35 of them.   So clearly the club needs to get rid of ten of these – and that’s one reason why the club isn’t buying all these other players with whom they are being associated.  

I’ve listed the homegrown players from 1 – 13 just in the order they appear in the list and worked towards creating a 25-man squad which, if I have got the right details and counted properly has not only the eight homegrown players needed but actually 11 of them.

Now if that is anywhere near correct it is good news because if at some stage Arsenal wants to buy another player towards the end of the window or in January to cover for illness, injury or lack of form, there will be no worries about his nationality.

From this you can see the players who I think won’t be in the squad – in short the players who will be leaving this summer either on loan or permanently   They are…

Rúnarsson, Okonkwo, Tierney, Holding, Trusty, Tavares, Lokonga, Balogun, and Pepe

And let me stress I did say, either leaving on loan or by being sold.  For the purpose of this exercise loan or sale doesn’t matter, this is just a case of getting 25 players aged over 21 into the squad with eight of them being homegrown.

And let me admit, each July when I do this somehow I get something wrong – but I keep going because I don’t find this data elsewhere, and I find it helpful as transfer rumours come and go, to see how the actual 25-man squad is shaping up.

Why players might leave varies of course.  Tierney perhaps because of his injury problems, Holding because he’s been a backup for several years and I suspect he is ready for pastures new, Trusty I’m not sure about (he played 44 games for Birmingham last season and they obviously valued him, but I’ve not seen him play…) etc etc.  Balogun I’d like to see go on one more loan and then come back – rather in the way that Saliba did with his final year in Marseille, but who knows…

And yes I have ended up with 26 players in the 25-man squad.  So room for one to be cut.

No Squad Player HG No Age 25 man Count
1 1 Aaron Ramsdale 1 25 1 (HG1)
2 13 Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson 28
3 30 Matt Turner 29 2
4 31 Karl Hein 2 21 3 (HG2)
5 33 Arthur Okonkwo 3 21
6 2 William Saliba 4 22 4 (HG3)
7 3 Kieran Tierney 26
8 4 Ben White 5 25 5 (HG4)
9 6 Gabriel Magalhães 25 6
10 12 Jurriën Timber 22 7
11 15 Jakub Kiwior 23 8
12 16 Rob Holding 6 27
13 17 Cédric Soares 31 9
14 18 Takehiro Tomiyasu 24 10
15 32 Auston Trusty 24
16 35 Oleksandr Zinchenko 26 11
17 Nuno Tavares 23
18 5 Thomas Partey 30 12
19 8 Martin Ødegaard  24 13
20 20 Jorginho 31 14
21 21 Fábio Vieira 23 15
22 23 Albert Sambi Lokonga 23
23 25 Mohamed Elneny 31 16
24 29 Kai Havertz 24 17
25 41 Declan Rice 7 24 18 (HG5)
26 7 Bukayo Saka 8 21 19 (HG6)
27 9 Gabriel Jesus  26 20
28 10 Emile Smith Rowe 9 22 21 (HG7)
29 11 Gabriel Martinelli 10 22 22 (HG8)
30 14 Eddie Nketiah 11 24 23 (HG9)
31 19 Leandro Trossard 28 24
32 24 Reiss Nelson 12 23 25 (HG10)
33 26 Folarin Balogun 13 22
34 27 Marquinhos 20 26 (HG11)
35 Nicolas Pépé 28


Overall I would want to stress the positivity in this.  Even if I have made my usual few mistakes, we do have a squad of around 35 players with only four of them over 30.  And the squad includes people like Elneny who before his injuries showed himself to be perfectly willing to spend time on the bench and could well move on to a coaching role.

Plus, do note this:  amazingly only four of the players listed are over 30 years old – a much lower number than for most clubs.

However my main point is this, as it is every year.  If any of the 44 players currently being listed as coming to Arsenal are going to arrive, that means even more players have to be sold.  Which brings us back to our regular weekly update of what is happening in the Window.

3 Replies to “Arsenal’s 25 man squad for next season: how is it shaping up?”

  1. I strongly feel the following players must be let out of the squad: Matt Turner; Nino Tavares; Cedric Soares; Mohammed El Neny; Nicolas Pepe.
    These players can’t really benefit the team and are hampering the development of younger, more capable players and good incoming ones like Kudus.

  2. Thanks for your hard work and the list.

    I agree either Tierney or Trusty (even if just to sell Jerseys in US). We could ask Elneny to continue recovery off the Squad.

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