Why Arsenal’s squad of 25 has only 20 players!

Now this is where I traditionally go very wrong, so when you spot my errors please can you correct my workings gently, recognising that I am now a year older than I was last season, when I was pretty old anyway.

We actually have a squad of 29 players.   But four of these are now out on loan, making us a squad of 25.

But we must then remember that  five of the remaining players are under 21 and so not included in calculations of the 25 man squad, which gives us a squad in terms of Uefa rules and PL “home grown” rules, of just 20.  Meaning that if the manager wanted to go out and buy some more men in January, nothing is stopping him, unless of course Arsenal Supporters’ Trust come up with another “We only have 50p to spend” campaign, and the club gets so bored with it all, they give in and say, ok, “it’s only 50p, we’ll give it to you if only you can shut up and go away.”

Our five under age players who are not on loan are, I think, serious contenders for places in the team.  And indeed the encouragement to them is that as we do only have a squad of 20 players aged over 21, they should have every opportunity to get games.

Indeed the way the manager played Guendouzi last season suggests that he has no trouble playing younger members of the team when he sees real talent – as all these youngsters seem to have.

Here’s the chart – I have not designated any of the under 21s as HG or otherwise as it does not influence whether they can play or not.

N Name Age On loan HG? “25”
1 Gabriel Martinelli 18
2 William Saliba 18 On loan at Saint-Étienne
3 Reiss Nelson 19
4 Emile Smith Rowe 19
5 Joe Willock 20
6 Matteo Guendouzi 20
7 Eddie Nketiah 20 On loan at Leeds United
8 Konstantinos Mavropanos 21 1
9 Kieran Tierney 22 2
10 Ainsley Maitland-Niles 22 HG 3
11 Dani Ceballos 23 On loan from Real Madrid 4
12 Lucas Torreira 23 5
13 Rob Holding 23 HG 6
14 Héctor Bellerín 24 HG 7
15 Nicolas Pépé 24 8
16 Calum Chambers 24 HG 9
17 Matt Macey 24 HG 10
18 Sead Kolašinac 26 11
19 Granit Xhaka 26 12
20 Bernd Leno 27 13
21 Mohamed Elneny 27 On loan at Beşiktaş
22 Shkodran Mustafi 27 14
23 Emiliano Martínez 27 HG 15
24 Alexandre Lacazette 28 16
25 Henrikh Mkhitaryan 30 On loan at Roma
26 Mesut Özil 30 17
27 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 30 18
28 Sokratis Papastathopoulos 31 19
29 David Luiz 32 20

As an age range this is not at all bad in my opinion.   As for the spread of positions, we do only have three keepers in the squad, and so I suspect a fourth could be added from the under 23 squad if any of the three got injured.

However a rash of injuries of the type that Arsenal can collect if the referees choose to allow a free for all in matches, could stretch the squad a little.  But at least the manager won’t have to worry about the nationality of who he goes out to buy in January.

3 Replies to “Why Arsenal’s squad of 25 has only 20 players!”

  1. Frankly, I am pleasantly surprised.

    The potential for massive improvement is undeniable. With Miki out on loan only 4 players are 30 or over, two are defenders and only one of the other two plays regularly.

    And the youngsters are talented and gradually gaining minutes. And we are yet to see Bellerin, Tierney and Holding this season…… and Saliba’s just a season away.

    My word, if we could just be patient.

  2. In any team, it is not the players that make it but the collective collabaration & movement of the individuals to effect an advantage over the protagonists. Arsenal have under Wenger achieved that and the public select their champions from within the teams. The man of the match is an opinion but the team is what makes him.

    Under Unai Emery, the team is being coached in new movements that will undoubtedly bring new players to the fore without losing the dependence of the collective. It is just as easy to pick on an individual mistake as it is to select an excellent pass, but the collective is what needs to be supported.

    Arsenal is already showing a quality that needs to be appreciated. There are areas that need to be corrected though not strengthened as the players are capable.

    Our youth and younger players are the result of Wengers constant study and selective investment. Wengers legacy will carry this Arsenal to success for many years.

    I look forward to the team coming to fruition through this season.

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