So Arsenal's business is done for the summer transfer window, and we have a complete list of who's going to be taking the field in red and white until January 1. The Premier League allows clubs to register up to 25 non-U21 players for their squad, meaning anyone born before 1991. Of those 25, at least eight must be "home-grown", which means that they spent three years with an English or Welsh club before they turned 21.
Let's take a look at how Arsenal's registration will probably look come tomorrow below the jump!
Arsenal's home-grown players list currently runs as follows:
So that's nine home-grown players. However, Chamberlain and Jenkinson are U21 players, and thus do not have to be named. That leaves seven home-grown senior players. For the other 17 non-home-grown slots, the list is as follows:
Arsenal will probably leave Craig Eastmond on the outside looking in because, well, he's Craig Eastmond. As Aidan just said to me, "He was on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, you know?" In addition to the 24 names above, Arsenal may use any player born after January 1, 1991 at their discretion. That list is extensive, but names you're most likely to see from that group this fall in the Premier League are:
All told, here is a likely depth chart for the fall (now with 100% more Jack Wilshere!):
Of course, many players can play more than one position, so it's not as thin as it might appear. Podolski can play centrally, Arshavin can play on the right or centrally, the Ox can play just about any dang place over the halfway line, Vermaelen can play left back if need be, etc. (I was tempted to just write "arshavin" in freehand cursive in MS Paint across the entire attacking third, but I didn't. I need to learn Photoshop, badly).
The Champions League squad registration works a little differently, and we'll cover that before the first match against Montpellier HSC.