Due to Brexit, Arsenal, and the rest of the football clubs in England, will no longer be able to sign European players under the age of 18.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As Premier League clubs argue over how best to redefine the ‘homegrown’ rule that looks set to be expanded in our new post-Brexit wasteland, they will also have to work out how to get their hands on some of the best talent in Europe without being able to lure them earlier than many other leagues.

The list of players this would have stopped coming to Arsenal is long – Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin, Wojciech Szczesny, Nicklas Bendtner etc etc.

Chelsea’s chairman, Bruce Buck, reportedly ‘lost his cool’ at a recent meeting due to how hard this will impact Chelsea who have made a fortune hoovering up under-18 talent to sell on at a later date.

Daily Mail Saturday 7 March

Fairly sure Burnley won’t be that bothered, however.