Zelalem included in Arsenal’s Champions League squad but Diaby and Bendtner left out


Arsenal have submitted their list of eligible players for the two-legged Champions League qualifying round tie with Fenerbahce, with four youngsters being included on List A; the most notable inclusion that of 16 year old midfielder Gedion Zelalem.

Source: Masashi Hara/Getty Images AsiaPac

Source: Masashi Hara/Getty Images AsiaPac

21 players in total have been named on List A, which has specific regulations with regards to how many locally trained players should be included.

A locally trained player refers to a player who, between the ages of 15 and 21, has been registered with his current club for a period of three entire seasons. As Arsenal only have four senior players who fall into this category (those who are listed with asterisks below), they are only permitted to name 21 players on this list, meaning that Abou Diaby, who is currently injured, has been left out, as have Nicklas Bendtner and Ju-Young Park, who are surplus to requirements.

Several players who are under-21 have also been named on List A, including Yaya Sanogo, Thomas Eisfeld, Serge Gnabry, Damian Martinez and Zelalem, as these players are not yet eligible for List B. Zelalem has been included despite the fact that he is not eligible to sign a professional contract until January.

List A

Wojciech Szczęsny*, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Tomáš Rosický, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott*, Aaron Ramsey*, Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla, Łukasz Fabiański, Yaya Sanogo, Kieran Gibbs*, Ryo, Thomas Eisfeld, Serge Gnabry, Damian Martinez, Gedion Zelalem.

List B contains four members of the first-team squad in Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Emmanuel Frimpong, as well as several youngsters, with newly-signed professionals Zach Fagan and Anthony Jeffrey included in the squad for the first time. List B is open to players born on or after January 1st 1992, who have been eligible to play for their current club for any uninterrupted period of two years since their 15th birthday.

Whilst the majority of the club’s young professionals are on this list, there are some exceptions. Deyan Iliev and Leander Siemann, for instance, are not eligible having only joined the club last year. Meanwhile, Samuel Galindo, who is yet to receive a work permit enabling him to play in England, has also been left out, as have all players currently out on loan. Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and Kristoffer Olsson will have to wait until January to be registered as they did not officially complete their moves to the club until late August 2011.

List B

Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Benik Afobe, Chuba Akpom, Zak Ansah, Daniel Boateng, Zach Fagan, Isaac Hayden, Jack Jebb, Anthony Jeffrey, Austin Lipman, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Nico Yennaris.

33 comments

    1. How can we register a player not in the club?…..we have enough trouble it is getting a work permit legally, violating FIFA regulations isn’t exaclty wise!

    1. This is a blog about young gooners with promise, among them he possibly has the highest potential. If you cannot get excited about this young guy maybe you should go read the Financial Times

  1. Arsen wenger will kill many arsenal fans before their death. Reason is he always break their heart before qualify to the group stages. Why not add at least two new signings before now

  2. Usual trip sign and play a foreign player in friendlies then dump him in 2nd tier league, fail to get uk work permit then allow to leave on a free after 2/3 yrs and no first team appearences, eg botelho campbell wellington …. gustavo. Either the club or parents are seriously naive putting young boys into this situation – Crazy

  3. Wenger always put many fans in pressure b’se of making rumours likes of Suarez,Gustavo,Ashey Williams,Julio Cesor,Rooney, Mourine Felaini , Bernard and more players but more than 30 players now are out of the club either by loan or anything else so as an arsenal fan i have question myself that the money of the sold players where it is? Likes of Kolo, Henry,Adebayo, Cesc, Rvp, Manone, Nasri, Clichy, Eboue, Gevirnho, etc and also we have massive money to spend around £70millions and we miss our first targets likes of Higuain, Jofetic, Negredo, and others so its shameful to wenger that the small teams strengthened their squad but arsenal are not so its better to sign Suarez even £50m + bonus and £18m for Gustavo and the rest money to sign only defender and goal keeper.

  4. Wenga nd Gazidis dont have human feelings.meaning the fans happiness is not all that important to them but just to make their families rich.

  5. Am not expecting arsenal to win anything under wenger. If this same line up remains that way come aug 31st, arsenal will finish the season 7th. Watch this space.

  6. All the clubs have signed the players they wanted except arsenal, maybe man u but they already have a great squad. wenger always signs early when he wants a player, its very clear that he has massive faith in this squad so we shouldn’t expect a big signing. Just lets move on and hope the boys will deliver

  7. zelalem is good… but i agreee wit u peoplw wenger is killing us. am afraid of our tie agaisnt Fnabach dis guys are gud. if. wenger plays his youth we are death

  8. Sometimes i wonder y i support arsenal..
    …..wenger deserves some slapsgiving.it wud b nice nt to make it to d group stage.

  9. I think Venger is every thing in Arsenal, i.e, buyer, manager, etc,…. that is why he is doing like this. I am sure he doesn’t think for the fans of Arsenal

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