Following on from the announcement of their 2020/21 Premier League squad, Arsenal have also announced the U21 players that are eligible to appear in the Premier League this season.
Though it is extremely unlikely that the vast majority of these players will appear in the league this season, many of them are registered so as to guarantee their homegrown status for later in their career.
Under the current Premier League rulings, clubs are only allowed to register squads that meet the following criteria:
- Maximum of 25 senior players
- Maximum of 17 non-homegrown senior players
- Unlimited U21 players.
The list is as follows:
Karl Jakob Hein
Oulad M’Hand Salah-Eddine
Charles Sagoe Jr
There are a number of familiar faces in the squad for Arsenal fans, most notably in the form of Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith-Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, all of whom have been permanent fixtures of the senior side for the past season or so.
The aforementioned players are so listed as they are under the age of 21, which means they are listed in this area.
In order to qualify for homegrown status, players must be registered with a club in England for at least three years between the ages of 18 and 21, which will mean that Mattéo Guendouzi, William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli and Cătălin Cîrjan will qualify for homegrown status, despite their international nationalities.
Many of the players listed in the squad are currently on loan at other clubs, but have been listed to ensure their homegrown status.