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June 2021

Arsenal’s Europa League squad named: 42 players named in all.

By Tony Attwood

As you will of course know we are playing in Group H against …

  • BATE Borisov
  • Crvena zvezda
  • Köln

The squad has now been announced.  Here are the rules…

Clubs can name a maximum of 25 players on their primary list, known as List A.   Eight places are reserved for home-grown players. A maximum of 17 players can be named who do not meet the criteria of a home-grown player.

Two players named in the 25-man List A must be goalkeepers.   Teams can also add players to List B, a separate squad list reserved for youth players.

Home-grown players

The definitions of home-grown players are split into two categories: club trained and association trained.

Four places are reserved for club-trained players. If a club can’t name four players who meet the club-trained criteria, they must leave an empty space in their squad for each player they can’t name.

The definition of club trained is a player who between the ages of 15 and 21 was registered with his current club for three entire seasons. The nationality of the player does not matter.  Bellerin, Ramsey, Coquelin, Wilshere, Walcott… take your pick.

The definition of an association-trained player is one who between the ages of 15 and 21 was registered with any club, or a combination of clubs, for three entire seasons in the same association as the club attempting to name him on their UEFA squad list.  Welbeck, Macey, Holding, Chambers, plus anyone left over from the prevous list.

In what follows you will notice that Arsenal have 25 A list players.  Tottenham, to take one example only had 21 players in their list.  The reasons are explained below.

List A

There are 17 squad spaces available for non-local players. These can be filled by any player, regardless of nationality or where they were trained.

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List B

List B is reserved for young players. An unlimited number of players can be named or withdrawn from the list at any point in the season. The list simply has to be submitted by 11pm UK time on the day before a match.

In the 2017/18 season, List B is for any player born on, or after, January 1, 1996, who has been eligible to play for his club for “any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday”.    Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been registered with the participating club for the previous two years without interruption.

B list players are shown with an asterisk.  Totals are for A lists players plus B list players.

Goalkeepers: (4+2)

  • David OSPINA
  • Petr ČECH
  • Ryan HUDDART *
  • Deyan ILIEV
  • Hugo KETO *
  • Matt MACEY

Defenders (9+3)

  • Laurent KoscielnyLaurent KOSCIELNY
  • Rob HoldingRob HOLDING
  • Nacho MonrealNacho MONREAL
  • Shkodran MustafiShkodran MUSTAFI
  • Calum ChambersCalum CHAMBERS
  • Héctor BellerínHéctor BELLERÍN
  • Sead KolašinacSead KOLAŠINAC
  • Tolaji BolaTolaji BOLA *
  • Chiori JohnsonChiori JOHNSON *
  • Tafari MooreTafari MOORE *

Midfield (6+8)

  • Aaron RamseyAaron RAMSEY
  • Mesut ÖzilMesut ÖZIL
  • Alex IWOBI *
  • Granit XHAKA
  • Ainsley MAITLAND-NILES *
  • Francis COQUELIN
  • Mohamed ELNENY
  • Krystian BIELIK *
  • Charlie GILMOUR *
  • Marcus MCGUANE *
  • Reiss NELSON *
  • Ben SHEAF *

Forwards (6+4)

  • Alexandre LACAZETTE
  • Olivier GIROUD
  • Theo WalcottTheo WALCOTT
  • Danny WELBECK
  • Chuba AKPOM
  • Pelenda DA SILVA *
  • Aaron EYOMA *
  • Edward NKETIAH *
  • Joseph WillockJoseph WILLOCK *

In other news…

5 comments to Arsenal’s Europa League squad named: 42 players named in all.

  • Gord

    Only 42 players? Wenger should have 60 players. 🙂

    Wow! What a list!

    Thanks Tony.

  • Gord

    OT: Deli Alli can do no evil

    According to the Telegraph (Google snippet), Deli Alli is being supported by the FA until the end of time, because they think they can prove that he showed “the bird” (middle finger) to another English player and not to the officials.

    The (sweet) FA will go to these efforts to support his continued presence for England, but they will blindly ignore all his attempts to injure other player in league play.

    But, The (sweet) FA always do sweet FA about the real problems in football.

  • markyb

    They are doing what the press, pundits etc want as per usual.

  • Josif

    They didn’t use the same criteria for Wilshere in 2013 which is a no shocker to me. It’s FA and Alli is their poster-boy.

  • Flares

    Does this mean the FA gets a tidy little cut of the transfer fee when Alli moves to Real Barcelona?

    You scratch my back etc etc.