It seems like every time the summer comes around that we all like to go, ‘It’s going to be a big summer’ or in other words a lot of comings and goings in the squad and the term ‘deadwood’ is routinely used to describe players that are, we think, surplus to requirements. I personally don’t like the term deadwood but there ya go...
This summer Mikel Arteta will or might have as many as 17 or more players returning from loans, some will leave as their contracts will expire, some might be sold but there are others that Mikel must make a decision on, the 20th century boys.
That is because we can only have 25 players who are over 21 in our squad, so for some of them and for Arteta it’s ‘make your mind up time’…
I took the following from a reputable website and brought it up to date to reflect the 2021/22 season, it goes;
‘An U21 player is defined as one who is under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year in which the season commences. For the 2021/22 campaign players will have to be born on or after 1st January 2000’.
I hope I’ve got that right, but that means that any Arsenal youngster who was born in the last century will have to be included in the senior 25 man squad to be registered to play for us next season and depending on the business we do in the summer that may mean decisions have to be made on who stays, who goes on loan again and who leaves the club for good.
Here are the 20th century boys:
Jordi Osei Tutu….. 1998
Ben Sheaf”……….. 1998
Tolaji Bola………… 1999
Daniel Ballard…… 1999
Deyan Iliev……….. 1995
Joseph Olowu….. 1999
Jonathon Dinzeyi. 1999
Reiss Nelson……. 1999
Eddie Nketiah….. 1999
Joe Willock…….. 1999
‘UEFA defines locally trained or homegrown players as those who, regardless of their nationality, have been trained by their club or by another club in the same national association for at least 3 years between the age 15/21’.