Arsenal have confirmed their full 25-man squad for the coming season, and it shows they’re pushing the limits of their homegrown quota as it stands.

The Premier League allows you to include 17 non-homegrown players in your 25-man squad. The rest have to fulfil the homegrown requirements, as follows:

A “Home-Grown Player” means a player who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).

Let’s have a look at how Arsenal’s squad currently fits these requirements.

25 Squad Players

  • Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick
  • Bellerin, Hector
  • Bramall, Cohen
  • Cech, Petr
  • Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
  • Holding, Robert Samuel
  • Iliev, Deyan
  • Iwobi, Alex
  • Jenkinson, Carl Daniel
  • Kolasinac, Sead
  • Koscielny, Laurent
  • Lacazette, Alexandre
  • Leno, Bernd
  • Lichtsteiner, Stephan
  • Martinez, Damian Emiliano
  • Mkhitaryan, Henrikh
  • Monreal, Ignacio
  • Mustafi, Shkodran
  • Ozil, Mesut
  • Papastathopoulos, Sokratis
  • Ramsey, Aaron James
  • Torreira, Lucas
  • Welbeck, Daniel
  • Xhaka, Granit

Of these 25 players, Bellerin, Holding, Iliev, Iwobi, Jenkinson, Martinez, Ramsey and Welbeck are all homegrown. That’s eight players, meaning the other 17 are all non-homegrown, the exact limit the league allows.

Players like Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos fit into the u21 list shown at the bottom of this article, so for now they’re exempt. However, neither will attain homegrown status before turning 21, so they’ll both end up filling up another non-homegrown spot.

That means Arsenal will have to have sold at least two players from the 25-man squad on by then. Not a major problem, but it shows how much the club are pushing the limits right now.

If a couple more homegrown players like Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah could break into the first-team squad in the coming years, it would really help to ease the pressure. Let’s hope they can.

U21 Players (Contract and Scholars)

  • Alebiousu, Ryan
  • Amaechi, Xavier Casmier
  • Ballard, Daniel George
  • Balogun, Folarin Jerry
  • Barden, Daniel
  • Bielik, Krystian
  • Bola, Tolaji
  • Burton, Robert
  • Clarke, Harrison Thomas
  • Cottrell, Ben
  • Coyle, Trae
  • Daley-Campbell, Vontae
  • Dennis, Matthew
  • Flaherty, Stanley James
  • Gilmour, Charlie Ian
  • Greenwood, Sam
  • Guendouzi, Matteo
  • Hein, Karl Jakob
  • John-Jules, Tyreece Romayo
  • Lopez Salguero, Joel
  • Maitland-Niles, Ainsley
  • Martin, Joshua
  • Matthews, Alfie
  • Mavropanos, Konstantinos
  • McEneff, Jordan John
  • McGuinness, Mark James
  • Medley, Zechariah Joshua Henry
  • Nelson, Reiss
  • Nketiah, Edward
  • Nwakali, Kelechi
  • Okonkwo, Arthur
  • Olayinka, Olujimi James Ayodele
  • Olowu, Joseph Olugbenga
  • Omole, Tobi
  • Osei-Tutu, Jordi
  • Pleguezuelo, Julio Jose
  • Saka, Bukayo
  • Sheaf, Ben
  • Smith Rowe, Emile
  • Smith, Matthew Gerrard
  • Smith, Tom
  • Spencer-Adams, Bayli Alexander
  • Swanson, Zak
  • Thompson, Dominic
  • Tormey, Nathan Alexander
  • Willock, Joseph George
  • Zelalem, Gedion