This summer couldn’t be more different from last years transfer window. Arsenal are getting their business done early and Arsene has already landed the big-name forward that alluded him last summer. Calum Chambers will join Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina as Arsenal’s fourth senior signing this window. With the addition of four players and the potential of a couple of other signings there is a need to look at the homegrown restrictions placed on our squad.
To clarify the restrictions placed on Premier League players;
According to the Premier League a homegrown player is a player who “irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Welsh Football Association for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).”
Each club may register up to 25 players, including 17 who may be non-homegrown. Additionally clubs may register an unlimited amount of U21 players, who will not be counted as part of the 25, i.e. players born after 1 January 1993 are eligible as an U21 player this season.
Our current squad and their status is listed below.
|Name||Homegrown Status||Under 21|
|David Ospina||Non Homegrown||No|
|Mathieu Debuchy||Non Homegrown||No|
|Per Mertesacker||Non Homegrown||No|
|Thomas Vermaelen||Non Homegrown||No|
|Laurent Koscielny||Non Homegrown||No|
|Nacho Monreal||Non Homegrown||No|
|Tomas Rosicky||Non Homegrown||No|
|Mikel Arteta||Non Homegrown||No|
|Mesut Ozil||Non Homegrown||No|
|Santi Cazorla||Non Homegrown||No|
|Mathieu Flamini||Non Homegrown||No|
|Abou Diaby||Non Homegrown||No|
|Serge Gnabry||Non Homegrown||Yes|
|Ryo Miyaichi||Non Homegrown||No|
|Gedion Zelalem||Non Homegrown||Yes|
|Lukas Podolski||Non Homegrown||No|
|Olivier Giroud||Non Homegrown||No|
|Alexis Sanchez||Non Homegrown||No|
|Yaya Sanogo||Non Homegrown||Yes|
|Joel Campbell||Non Homegrown||No|
We currently have exactly 25 players over the age of 21 of which 17 are non-homegrown. This means that if we wish to add a player such as William Carvalho we would have to loan out or sell one of our non-homegrown players.
The most likely to leave is Ryo Miyaichi, the Japanese player has failed to reproduce the ability he showed while on loan and being both non-homegrown and over 21 he is the most vulnerable of being cut loose. Joel Campbell will also face a battle to claim a first team place this season, his World Cup performances will have done his chances good but Joel is now over 21 and does not qualify as homegrown which could eventually become a determining factor in his immediate future.