Arsenal disappointingly ranked 17th out of all Premier League teams this season for the most minutes given to English players.
According to talkSport, Arsenal’s total was 5,956 minutes of league action, significantly fewer than Tony Pulis’ West Brom (16th) with 9,106.
The top three English players involved on a regular basis were midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, winger Theo Walcott and fullback Kieran Gibbs – though young defender Rob Holding featured more as the season came to a close.
Chelsea, the Premier League champions, were bottom as they handed English players only 4,004 minutes of league action whilst Manchester City were 18th with 4,748 minutes.
Liverpool are 11th, with defender Nathaniel Clyne, midfielder captain Jordan Henderson, the versatile James Milner and midfielder Adam Lallana all important first-team players under Jurgen Klopp.
Tottenham (8th) have a number of highly-established Englishmen in their team who play key roles across different positions. Full-back duo Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, coupled with Dele Alli and Harry Kane, are all regular starters for Spurs.
Arsenal’s English core haven’t played regularly for the first-team this season. Both Calum Chambers and creative midfielder Jack Wilshere were loaned out to Middlesbrough and Bournemouth respectively, playing 4,200 minutes of Premier League between them.
Danny Welbeck, who was sidelined until mid-January after knee surgery in May last year, managed to play 747 minutes in the league this season after his return. If fully fit and available throughout the campaign, it’s likely regular minutes would’ve contributed to a more significant figure overall for the club in comparison to Arsenal’s rivals.