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July 14, 2024

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Arsenal Faces Transfer Dilemma Amid £200m Summer Spending

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Arsenal’s ambitious summer spending spree, totaling just over £200 million, has seen the club secure the services of Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and Kai Havertz while parting ways with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Pablo Mari, and Granit Xhaka on permanent deals. Despite these deals, the Gunners still find themselves with an unwieldy squad of 35 senior players, raising concerns about squad management ahead of the new season.

Manager Mikel Arteta recognizes the need for action before the transfer window closes in September. The surplus of players, including those who were not named in the pre-season tour squad such as Matt Turner, Arthur Okonkwo, Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nicolas Pepe, and Reiss Nelson, indicates an unsustainable situation.

While Arteta expresses satisfaction with the current squad, he acknowledges the need for improvements in on-field performance. The primary focus for the remaining five weeks of the summer transfer window will be to address the squad size and composition.

In the Premier League, after the transfer window closes, Arsenal must name a squad containing no more than 25 players, with no more than 17 of them being overseas players. The remaining eight spots are reserved for homegrown players. For the Champions League, which requires a squad submission by September 4, certain player registration rules apply. Each club must submit a List A of no more than 25 players, including a minimum of eight “locally trained” players, with no more than four of them being “association-trained.”

Given Arsenal’s current squad, they have eight players that fulfill UEFA’s “club-trained” criteria and four players that fulfill the “association-trained” criteria. This leaves five of the remaining 22 players needing to be moved on to comply with the non-homegrown quota of 17. Furthermore, no more than 25 players can be on List A, requiring an additional four players to be sold or loaned out to avoid registration issues for the Champions League.

To solve this dilemma, Arteta and Arsenal’s management will need to orchestrate a total of nine transfers out of the club before the transfer deadline day. This number could increase if Arsenal has plans to make another signing before the window closes. The coming weeks will be crucial as the club seeks to strike a balance between squad size and quality ahead of the new season.

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