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Homegrown Player requirements are not an issue for Arsenal

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Arsenal have plenty of room in their squad to operate this summer.

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In case you’re new to following the Premier League, or just have been hidden under a rock for the past few years, in order to help develop English talent and prevent teams from stocking their rosters entirely with expensive foreign talent, top flight British clubs must comply with a Home Grown Player rule. Friend of the Blog, Heisenbergkamp, has written an indispensable Vox-before-there-was-Vox explainer piece on this rule. If you’ve never read it or have slept a lot since 2014 and need to refresh your memory, you really should.

To get an idea of what Arsenal can do in the transfer window this summer, we must consider the Home Grown Player rule. In total, the club can only register 25 senior players. Of those 25 players, there can be a maximum of 17 non-Home Grown Players over the age of 21.

For the purposes of this articles, it’s safe to assume David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Joel Campbell, and Lucas Pérez are on their way out the door. That leaves Arsenal with the following list of non-Home Grown Players on their roster:

  1. Petr Čech
  2. Laurent Koscielny
  3. Shkodran Mustafi
  4. Per Mertesacker
  5. Gabriel
  6. Nacho Monreal
  7. Granit Xhaka
  8. Santi Cazorla
  9. Mohamed Elneny
  10. Mesut Özil
  11. Alexis Sánchez
  12. Olivier Giroud
  13. Sead Kolašinac

As it stands, Arsenal could not sell any one else and technically sign 4 more foreign players under the current rules system without any issue.

Assuming Home Grown players Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, and Carl Jenkinson are also headed for the exit door, that leaves the Gunners with the following Home Grown players:

  1. Damian Martinez
  2. Calum Chambers
  3. Rob Holding
  4. Héctor Bellerín
  5. Aaron Ramsey
  6. Francis Coquelin
  7. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  8. Danny Welbeck
  9. Theo Walcott

First-teamers Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, as well as expected promotees Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson, do not count against the squad rules as they are under the age of 21.

With 22 total senior players, the Gunners can actually only add 3 more, as it stands. Obviously, if there were to be other, unwanted Transfers Which Shall Not Be Named, that number could change. With this summer appearing to be more about the quality of signings rather than the quantity, it does not appear that the restrictions of the Home Grown Player rule will be much of a consideration at all for Arsenal.