Arsenal have submitted their revised Champions League squad ahead of this month’s Last 16 double-header with Bayern Munich, with Hector Bellerin, Benik Afobe and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill amongst several players added to the list.
Bellerin, who was named as a substitute on two occasions in the Capital One Cup this season, is included on the A-List, whilst Afobe joins fellow returning loanees Daniel Boateng and Conor Henderson on the B-List, which is strictly for U21 players. Craig Eastmond, therefore, had to be included on the A-List, as he was born in 1990, whilst left-back Ormonde-Ottewill is included in the squad for the first time and has been allocated the number 71 shirt for the remainder of this season.
New signing Nacho Monreal is ineligible having already played twice in this competition for previous club Malaga this season. Thomas Eisfeld, Damian Martinez, Kristoffer Olsson, Deyan Iliev, Jon Toral and Leander Siemann are all left out as they are not eligible for the B-List, having not yet completed two whole years as Arsenal players. The majority of the players currently out on loan have been omitted, although some, such as Johan Djourou and Marouane Chamakh, are still included.
Arsenal Champions League squad:
1) Wojciech Szczęsny, 2) Abou Diaby, 3) Bacary Sagna, 4) Per Mertesacker, 5) Thomas Vermaelen, 6) Laurent Koscielny, 7) Tomáš Rosický, 8) Mikel Arteta, 9) Lukas Podolski, 10) Jack Wilshere*, 11) André Santos, 12) Olivier Giroud, 14) Theo Walcott, 15) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 16) Aaron Ramsey, 18) Sébastien Squillaci, 19) Santi Cazorla, 20) Johan Djourou, 21) Łukasz Fabiański, 22) Francis Coquelin*, 23) Andrey Arshavin, 24) Vito Mannone, 25) Carl Jenkinson, 27) Gervinho, 28) Kieran Gibbs, 29) Marouane Chamakh, 38) Martin Angha*, 39) Zak Ansah*, 40) Héctor Bellerín, 41) Samir Bihmoutine*, 42) Daniel Boateng*, 43) Reice Charles-Cook*, 44) Craig Eastmond, 45) Kyle Ebecilio*, 47) Serge Gnabry, 48) Sead Hajrovic*, 49) Isaac Hayden*, 50) Conor Henderson*, 51) Benik Afobe*, 53) Jernade Meade*, 54) Ignasi Miquel*, 55) Elton Monteiro*, 56) Nigel Neita*, 58) Josh Rees*, 60) James Shea*, 62) Sanchez Watt*, 63) Jordan Wynter*, 64) Nico Yennaris*, 65) Jack Jebb*, 66) Austin Lipman*, 67) Chuba Akpom*, 71) Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill*.
* List B
From UEFA rules:
There are 25 slots on List A, at least 8 of which must be “club-trained players”. The list must not contain more than four “association-trained players”.
A “club-trained player” is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the start of
the season during which he turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during
which he turns 21), and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been
registered with his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire
seasons (i.e. a period starting with the first official match of the relevant
national championship and ending with the last official match of that relevant
national championship) or of 36 months.
An “association-trained player” is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the
start of the season during which the player turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the
season during which the player turns 21), and irrespective of his nationality
and age, has been registered with a club or with other clubs affiliated to the
same association as that of his current club for a period, continuous or not, of
three entire seasons or of 36 months.
A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 1991
and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted
period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with
UEFA. Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been
registered with the participating club for the previous two years without interruption.