Members Blog - 25 man squad rule is no worry to us!!

– 25 man rule?? We have room for 5 more at Arsenal !!After reading up on the new 25 man squad rules for this season, alot of press and public were saying we might be one of those to struggle. But after looking into it I dont think this will affect us in any way.
Our squad rolls 26 deep at the moment (source But I believe we will still have 5 squad places left this year. I will explain, Fabregas, Bendtner, Song, Denilson, Clichy, Djourou, and Mannone are all ‘home grown’ talent and OVER 21, so thats 7.
We do not have any more ‘home grown’ talent that is over 21 years, so add Ramsey for instance to make this up to the regulatory 8 needed. However Ramsey is under 21, so this could leave a space for an older home grown player if needed.
We have 12 players over 21 years and of foreign origin, so this is a total of 8 home grown + 12 players of foreign origin = 20 players to be named in the 25 man squad. Walcott, Gibbs, Traore, Szczesny, Vela, Wiltshire, JET and Emmanuel Frimpong (who looks the business to me) are all under 21 so can be left outside the 25 man squad but still used at anytime.
So a possibility of 5 more over 21 years of age players can be added, 1 more to that if they are ‘home grown’ player. Of course, you will have to look at the future and the younger players coming of age and therefore taking a full squad place, but for this season we have room.
Man City however will struggle tremendously, with a squad of soon to be 40 deep, and only a dozen or so under 21 players. They will be offloading some talent I would imagine, so is it time for the Whoopsie specialist Arsene to wonder the Man City car boot, Lescott for instance would be a great addition. Will Arsene splash the cash?

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