By Andrew Crawshaw
So after the transfer window who do we have registered and likely to play for us this season – at least until the next session of madness (the January Window).
|Name||Squad No.||Home Country||Position||List||Home grown?|
|Thomas Rosicky||7||Czech Republic||Mid||S|
|Joel Campbell||28||Costa Rica||For||U21|
This list includes a number of U21 players not in the official list of Senior players as submitted to the UK Authorities. That list of 23 players is indicated by the S in the List column. The last column shows the Senior players who are regarded as being ‘Home Grown’ regardless of their home nationality.
In addition to the First Team list I have also added the young professionals from Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal Youth blog – he is the ‘go-to’ guy for detailed info on the U21s, U18s and Academy players.
These young professionals are likely to be considered for Capital One Cup and FA Cup games against lower league opposition and will also be called into the first team squad in the event of injuries or loss of form from senior players, or if their own progression indicates that they are ready for promotion.
I fully expect to see Hector Bellerin at Right Back, a hugely impressive player the current club record holder for the 40 yard sprint having broken Theo’s record, if we hadn’t signed Wellbeck then I would have also expected to see Chuba Akpom and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility for either of Semi Ajayi or Julio Pleguezelo to put in an appearance at CB at some point (although more likely to make the bench at the moment).
Whichever of the above players pull on the Arsenal shirt, they all deserve our full support, the squad is good. Our first choice team is up to any in the Country and capable of giving the best in Europe a good run for their money, and the depth is also there including some unfamiliar names from the bottom of the list.
I am looking to the squad gelling and the prospect of Alexis, Theo and Danny attacking at speed fed by Özil or Santi is something to be relished by all Arsenal fans.
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