By Tony Attwood
One of the amusing things about the bloggettas is that they are still running little articles about Arsenal having a desperate shortage of defenders (according to one piece today) or midfielders or centre forwards or whatever takes their fancy.
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So I thought I would amuse myself by seeing just who we do have. Making a variety of assumptions about players who are leaving or not making the final 25 and only including the two most obvious under 21s as being in serious contention for places I came up with this list of players who are likely to survive the cull needed to bring our numbers down to 25.
This approach does give us players being listed in more than one position on occasion – so the total is now more than 25 plus the couple of youngsters included.
Some of the assumptions do cancel out however. For example Szczesny might not return, but if not we would certainly keep Ospina or replace him, or Martinez would step up and be replaced. We will have three keepers plus an under 21 keeper as the final backup. The same applies throughout the squad.
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So here we go.
Defence including wing backs (11)
- The Ox
Midfield defence (7)
- The Ox
- Santi Cazorla
Midfield attack (4)
- Santi Cazorla
Wide Attack (5)
Centre forward (3)
From this the idea is to be able to pick where we actually are weak if we get a couple of injuries or where we are overloaded with players and so can get rid of a few to keep the “25” in balance.
Here’s the list of all our youth players, excluding the schoolboys in case you want to nominate any more to step up this season.
|Name||Country||Squad no||Pos||Loan last season||Date of birth|
|Dan Crowley||England||38||AM||Oxford United||8/3/1997|
Of course the big problem for me is that I only see the under 23s a couple of times a season, and so really don’t know who is making it. Reiss Nelson has been mentioned as one who could join the forward line and of course we saw Krystian Bielik come on as a sub once in the league cup, Jeff Reine-Adelaide made three starts in the league cup. Chris Willock and Gideon Zelalem both made two subs appearances in the league cup last season.
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