24 responses

  1. Mad Eye

    You forget Mustafi

  2. Illybongani

    ben Sheaf may not be that disappointed as not being picked as 4th choice goalie – especially as he’s an outfield player

    • Tony Attwood

      Really not my day was it. Back to bed I think.

  3. Atid

    Ben Sheaf goalkeeper?

    I am sure u mean Matt Macey

  4. Akin Cephas

    Why did you leave out Mustafi? That should make 25.

    • Tony Attwood

      Yep I made mistakes

  5. Magneto

    Joel Campbell’s excuse for not being on the pre-season tour plane is that he is taking part in the
    2017 Gold Cup with his Country.

  6. mjc

    Joel Campbell is on international duty with Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He’ll likely play against Canada on Wednesday.

  7. mjc

    Beat me to it!

  8. mjc

    Also, Gedion Zelalem is out for 4 months or so with a torn ACL, which he got playing for USA in the U-20 World Cup.

  9. Hisham

    Bramall is over-21 (born 2/4/1995), so that’s 18 players over-21 on the Tour. Also, with Mustafi added to those injured and still on holidays, we will have 26 players. Counting Campbell and Toral with the Reserves, we need to move on at least 10 players by 1st September, more if we buy additional players in the meantime.

  10. Mad Eye

    The intriguing bit is whether we are preparing for 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1. Given the success at the end of the season 3-4-3 looks likely. We now have many excellent centre banks, including Monreal as a left sided part of a 3. Kolasinac and Bellerin look like first choice wing backs but if Gibbs, Debuchy and Jenkinson go who would be the second string wing backs?

  11. jw1

    @Mad Eye.

    “…second string wing backs?”
    Ox and Iwobi?

    Iwobi– IMO needs to be in the 25.
    Like Ox did early-on in his AFC career, he shows flashes. And has the tools to do what Ox has done at wingback.
    This season there are games for him to develop there (behind Kolasinac).


  12. Goonereris

    It is rather curious that you have placed Alex Iwobi under “young hopefuls”; for a lad who’s been in the first team for two seasons now.

  13. Tony Attwood

    If anyone would like to take up the job of writing articles for Untold and doing the editing and publishing, there’s clearly a vacancy.

    The pay is zero, you get lots of abuse, the occasion death threat, so it is quite good fun really.

  14. mjc


    Actually I thought it was an excellent and thorough article that, based on the large number of players, had fewer omissions than I would expect.

    I think the comments you have received were to make the article complete, rather than being intended as any kind of criticism. I will certainly be bookmarking the article to refer back to as we develop the squad.

    So thank you for your diligent work.


  15. MickHazel

    Is there any news on when Gabriel will be back from injury? The good old Mirror is running one of it’s regular Arsenal in crisis articles….

  16. Billy The Dog

    Mjc we’re only messing – no offence taken. The corrections have been made and I think the article is slightly more accurate now. If there are still errors, we can get them corrected so that the article can be used as matters continue.

    Anyone like to verify if the number is correct now – that if Campbell comes back to the squad and Santi is included on the grounds that his injury is recovering (contrary to popular belief) we are still one over the numbers?

  17. Winner

    Gedion Zalalem suffered a serious injury while playing for the USA in May. It will keep him out for a number of months.

  18. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I think there remain one more signing that to be concluded in Lemar that will also come in into the 1st half of the 2017-18 season list of 25 man senior squad.

    My projected final 1st half of next season’s 25 man squad list:

    Cech, Ospina & Martinez….(3)

    Mertesacker Koscielny, Mustafi, Gabriel, Chambers, Holding & Niles….(7)

    Bellerin, Monreal & Kolasnic….(3)

    Ramsey, Xhaka, Elneny & Le Coq….(4)

    Wide Players:
    Walcott, Iwobi & Lemar….(3)

    Mid Front Two:
    Ozil & Sanchez-400k/w?(2) hmmm.

    Trident Strikers:
    Lacazette, Giroud & Welbeck….(3)

    All totalling 25 in numbers. Let’s see how near to the Le Prof’s final list I’ll be when it’s out on that 1st September.

  19. Max Kerr

    Hi. What do you think will happen with Jon Toral (back from loan at Rangers, now over 21)? He always seems to get forgotten in these squad lists.

    Slightly OT, I have yet to see any comment comparing the cost/value of Lacaz and Lukaku, and probably soon Morata. Good business by Arsenal, or is the lumbering ex-Evertonian really that much better? Never been that impressed with him when I’ve seen him at the Emirates.

    There. Now there is a comment!

  20. jw1

    @Max Kerr

    Lukaku’s stats are skewed, considering his total of 25 PL goals last season.
    In his scoring 4 goals in a match vs Bournemouth– and 3 goals vs Sunderland in another.
    With 18 goals across 36 games?
    Giroud was the better value striker, albeit part-time.

    Least distance covered per 90mins – Premier League 2015/16:
    Player Avg distance covered Rank
    Romelu Lukaku 8.6km 503rd (last)

    Lukaku ran the least distance per 90 mins– of ANY PL player last season.


  21. Hisham

    As from the PC given in Sydney, Wenger will still prefer the 3-4-2-1 system, but may revert to the old 4-2-3-1 set up in certain matches depending on player availability.

    It would be nice to integrate Macey as the 3rd choice keeper. And Martinez needs more playing time, so good if he could be loaned to another club.

    If Gibbs goes, then Bramall could take a spot in the 25 as cover. He could gain massive experience in the “smaller” games. In this case, can we “suspend” Carzola’s registration in the first half of the season and get him back on board from January?

  22. Gooner S

    If the rumours about Santi are true and I stress ‘if’ then I doubt he’ll be named in the squad.

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