The FA are introducing a new homegrown quota for the 2021/22 season and, along with Brexit that has removed a lot of EU players from the market, it will have an impact on the transfer window.
The rule says: WSL teams will have to include at least eight homegrown players in their registered squads of 25 players. They must have been trained by their club, or another club in England, for at least three years prior to their 21st birthday.
The Arsenal Academy players that are not under professional contracts are not included in that rule, as they have their own homegrown rule to comply with.
As of today, Arsenal have six English players who qualify has homegrown: Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Jordan Nobbs, Anna Patten and Fran Stenson.
There are two Scottish players who should also qualify under that rule. Kim Little, who arrived at Arsenal aged 17 in March 2008 and left the club November 2013 and Jennifer Beattie, who arrived aged 18 in July 2009 and left the club in July 2013.
Both completed three years at Arsenal by the age of 21. So, in theory, Arsenal are safe and compliant with eight players on the list.
There was also the expectation that the club would sign Ruby Mace to a professional contract when she turned 18 in September but she has signed for Manchester City as a free agent.
The homegrown rule, plus Brexit, will certainly influence Arsenal’s transfer market, but as we have already seen with Mana Iwabuchi’s arrival, top class foreign talent will always be welcomed at London Colney and Borehamwood.
British players are likely to arrive soon.