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Arsenal register Premier League squad

No surprises from the club. The squad is thin. We knew that.

Arsenal v Burnley - Premier League Photo by MB Media/Getty Images

The January Transfer window closed on Monday the 31st. Premier League rosters for the second half of the season are set.

Here’s the Arsenal roster for the remaining 17 matches.

Arsenal senior squad players (* = homegrown)

Alves Soares, Cedric Ricardo
Dinzeyi, Jonathan*
Dos Santos Magalhães, Gabriel
Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
Holding, Robert Samuel*
Lacazette, Alexandre
Leno, Bernd
Nketiah, Edward Keddar*
Ødegaard, Martin
Partey, Thomas Teye
Pépé, Nicolas
Ramsdale, Aaron*
Sambi Lokonga, Albert-Mboyo
Tierney, Kieran
Tomiyasu, Takehiro
White, Benjamin*
Xhaka, Granit

You’ll notice there are some important names missing from that list. That’s because some of Arsenal’s key players are still (or still qualify as) U21. The list below is not a complete one, I’ve removed some of the academy players for brevity’s sake and added notes in parens. First team players are in bold.

Arsenal U21 players (academy and contract)

Adamo Gaspar, Luigi (Edu’s son)
Akinola, Timothy Olaoluwa (loan to Dundee United)
Alebiosu, Ryan (loan to Crewe Alexandra)
Azeez, Miguel
Balogun, Folarin Jerry (loan to Middlesbrough)
Biereth, Mika
Clarke, Harrison Thomas (loan to Hibernian)
Cottrell, Ben
Flores, Marcelo (recently capped, but not tied, by the Mexican National Team)
Giraud-Hutchinson, Omari Elijah
Hein, Karl Jakob (loan to Reading)
John-Jules, Tyreece Romayo (loan to Sheffield Wednesday)
Moller, Nikolaj Duus (loan to FC Den Bosch)
Okonkwo, Arthur
Olayinka, Olujimi James Ayodele
Oulad M’Hand, Zine-Eddine
Patino, Charlie Michael
Rekik, Omar (represented Tunisia at AFCON)
Saka, Bukayo
Saliba, William
Smith Rowe, Emile
Smith, Matthew Gerrard (loan to Doncaster Rovers)
Taylor-Hart, Kido
Teodoro Martinelli Silva, Gabriel
Varela Tavares, Nuno Albertino

Premier League teams can register up to 17 over 21 non-homegrown players. Clubs can register up to an additional 8 overage homegrown players. And they can register any number of U21 players, regardless of homegrown status. “Homegrown” means that a player has spent at least part of three seasons at an English or Welsh club before turning 21.

Arsenal are in fine shape with respect to homegrown players going forward. For one, I’m not sure the Gunners will even register the full complement of 17 non-homegrown senior players. The club has plenty of U21 contributors already. If the club were to move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he would qualify as a homegrown player. Plus, I’d bet that at least one of the Gunners’ other moves this summer will be for someone who qualifies.

The homegrown rule might come into play two seasons from now, but by then, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba (if he’s with the club), and Folarin Balogun will all count as homegrown players. Add to that list Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White (but not Rob Holding, I’m assuming he’ll have moved on) and you’re already close on the 8 additional senior players that can be registered because they are homegrown.

One more note: Arsenal were smart to buy Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba when they did. They signed them to the club young enough that they will have homegrown status when they turn 21 despite not coming through academy systems in England or Wales. Even though Saliba has yet to play a competitive match for Arsenal, because the club registered him in the seasons where he went out on loan, he accrued years towards qualifying. The club would do well to make similar moves in the future where possible.