Arsenal have named their Premier League squad for the coming months of the season, with 21 senior players and a long list of u21s.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 16: Bukayo Saka #7 of Arsenal (l) celebrates scoring a first half goal against the Everton during a preseason friendly at M&T Bank Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Bukayo Saka #7 of Arsenal (l) celebrates scoring a first-half goal against Everton during a preseason friendly at M&T Bank Stadium on July 16, 2022. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Premier League confirmed each of their club’s squads for the remainder of 2022, locking in their options after the closure of the summer transfer window.

The Premier League allow you to have a maximum of 17 non-homegrown senior players in the squad, with the total number of senior players adding up to no more than 25.

You can allocate the homegrown players however you want within those restrictions. For example, you could have 17 non-homegrown and 8 homegrown, or 10 non-HG and 15 HG, or 17 non-HG and zero HG.

As long as the total is 25 or under, and the total of non-homegrown players is 17 or under, there are no issues. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no minimum number of homegrown players required, only a maximum on the non-homegrown players.

The other thing to mention is the u21 list. If a player is under-21 (which is specifically defined as being born on or after 1st January 2001, for this season), then they don’t have to be named in the senior squad. You can have as many under-21s as you want.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at how Arsenal’s squad breaks down.

Senior squad list (*homegrown)

  1. Alves Soares, Cedric Ricardo
  2. Dos Santos Magalhães, Gabriel
  3. Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
  4. Fernando De Jesus, Gabriel
  5. Ferreira Vieira, Fabio Daniel
  6. Holding, Robert Samuel*
  7. Igaba-Ishimwe, George Lewis
  8. Nelson, Reiss*
  9. Nketiah, Edward Keddar*
  10. Odegaard, Martin
  11. Partey, Thomas Teye
  12. Ramsdale, Aaron*
  13. Sambi Lokonga, Albert-Mboyo
  14. Smith, Matthew Gerrard*
  15. Smith Rowe, Emile*
  16. Tierney, Kieran
  17. Tomiyasu, Takehiro
  18. Turner, Matthew
  19. White, Benjamin*
  20. Xhaka, Granit
  21. Zinchenko, Oleksandr

Arsenal have named 21 senior players, seven of whom are homegrown, meaning they have 14 non-homegrown senior players. That puts them easily within the restrictions.

The rest of Arsenal’s senior players, such as Bukayo Saka and William Saliba, are still young enough to feature on the under-21 list.

U21 list

  1. Akinola, Timothy Olaoluwa
  2. Alebiosu, Ryan
  3. Awe, Zachariah Olumide Ebunoluwa
  4. Azeez, Miguel
  5. Balogun, Folarin Jerry
  6. Benjamin, Omari Kai
  7. Biereth, Mika
  8. Brown, Luis
  9. Butler-Oyedeji, Nathan
  10. Cirjan, Catalin-Ionut
  11. Clarke, Harrison Thomas
  12. Cooper, Noah Kailen
  13. Cottrell, Ben
  14. Cozier-Duberry, Amario Oswald Gerardo
  15. Da Cruz Sousa, Lino Goncalo
  16. Davies, Henry Oluwadurotimi Olakitan
  17. Dudziak, Harrison James Edward
  18. Edwards, Khayon
  19. Ejeheri, Ovie Prince
  20. Ferdinand, Sebastian Reece
  21. Flores, Marcelo
  22. Foran, Taylor
  23. Forde, Romari Kanye
  24. Gomes Bandeira, Mauro
  25. Gower, Jimi Mark
  26. Graczyk, Hubert
  27. Green, Kaleel Shai
  28. Hein, Karl Jakob
  29. Henry-Francis, Jack
  30. Hillson, James Andrew
  31. Ibrahim, Bradley Ryan
  32. Ideho, Joel
  33. Jeffcott, Henry
  34. John-Jules, Tyreece Romayo
  35. Kabia, Ismeal
  36. Kacurri, Maldini
  37. Kamara, Osman
  38. Kirk, Alexander Michael
  39. Kovacevic, Alexandar
  40. Lannin-Sweet, James
  41. Moller, Nikolaj Duus
  42. Monlouis, Zane
  43. Nichols, Joshua
  44. Norton-Cuffy, Brooke Dion Nelson
  45. Ogungbo, Mazeed
  46. Okonkwo, Arthur
  47. Okonkwo, Brian Chukweudozie
  48. Oliveira Alencar, Marcus Vinicius
  49. Oulad M’Hand, Ismail
  50. Oulad M’Hand, Zine-Eddine
  51. Patino, Charlie Michael
  52. Quamina, Tinochika Chukwu
  53. Quesada Thorn, Kristopher Elian
  54. Rekik, Omar
  55. Roberts, Mathaeus Andrew
  56. Robinson, Joshua Noah Lynnford
  57. Rojas Fedorushchenko, Alexei
  58. Rosiak, Michal
  59. Ryan, Kamarni Anthony
  60. Sagoe Jr, Charles
  61. Saka, Bukayo
  62. Saliba, William
  63. Small, Coby David
  64. Smith, Thomas Andrew Salvatore
  65. Taylor-Hart, Kido
  66. Teodoro Martinelli Silva, Gabriel
  67. Vigar, Billy
  68. Walters, Reuell Joshua

As you can see, Arsenal have included some players on loan, such as Tim Akinola and Marcelo Flores. This is standard practice, ensuring those players get their homegrown and club-trained status with Arsenal.

The good news is that Arsenal haven’t had to leave anyone out of their Premier League squad, unlike with the Europa League squad.