By Bulldog Drummond
By my reckoning, and I am often wrong with this sort of thing, Arsenal have room for two more players in their 25 man squad next season. And if the story about Joe Willock going to Newcastle today to sign another deal with them, we have three places.
Here is the squad as I make it out to be…
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Gabriel Magalhaes
- Mohamed Elneny
- Sead Kolasinac
- Alexandre Lacazette
- Bernd Leno GK
- Alex Runarsson GK
- Pablo Mari
- Thomas Partey
- Nicolas Pepe
- Kieran Tierney
- Granit Xhaka
- Nuno Tavares
- Albert Sambi Lokonga
- Hector Bellerin (HG)
- Calum Chambers (HG)
- Rob Holding (HG)
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles (HG)
- Joe Willock (HG) (although today’s report is that he is signing for Newcastle)
- Eddie Nketiah (HG)
- Reiss Nelson (HG)
- Ben White (HG)
As that list shows we have eight home grown players who have to be included in the main squad, so there is no pressure there now. Even if Joe has gone north today, we still have our full compliment at the moment.
Which means if Joe has gone we can now sign up to three more players without asking to see details of where they lived while training.
Fortunately not everyone in our under 21 list has moved up to over 21 although if I have got my sums right this group could be on the move up in a year’s time.
- Bukayo Saka
- Emile Smith Rowe
- Gabriel Martinelli
- Folarin Balogun
but as ever with this attempted calculation I stand ready to be corrected. (I have no idea why I always find calculating dates so difficulty – it must be a genetic problem on my part.
But of course, we have been told all the way through this pre-season that we are going to be signing six major players who will come straight into the first team, and that means we still have three more to go.
I’ve already discounted some players such as Luca Torreira who spent last season with Atletico Madrid as I can’t see him returning. Although I noted that Football365 have run the headline “Hopefully Torreira will outlast ‘dull’ Arteta at Arsenal”
I think we also have the Africa Cup of Nations this season from 9 January to 6 February 2022. Again I am not sure which team is going through and again you can help me perhaps, but I guess we will lose Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Perhaps you can help me with any others who might have African nationality that I haven’t noticed.
The next game
Boreham Wood v Arsenal XI
Either Friday 6th August or Saturday 7th August 2021, 7.30pm, depending on which website you read
Meadow Park, Pre-Season Friendly
Boreham Wood came 14th in the National League last season (but I see they are calling it the National Premier League now, so maybe the name has changed. I’m still seeing it called the Vanarama as well.
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Folarin Balogun should be playing. He’s played a couple of under 21 games so far and scored one goal. Martin Keown has compared Balogun to Ian Wright, due to his speed and intelligent movement.
In all he played 19 times for the under 18s last season
Crystal Palace FC Under 18
Brighton & Hove Albion U18
He is reputed to have scored 25 goals last season, although since some of the information I have picked up on him does not seem to be true, I’m starting to lose faith in some of the stats that are being bandied around.
It appears he gained a profession contract in February 2019 and we know he popped up in a couple of Europa games last season. Tickets are available for the game.
Boreham Wood are also stating that “We will also be streaming the game on our BWFCtv Match Pass, for both home and away fans for just £7.99 which will include a pre-match show, a digital programme and the stream of the game.
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