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.
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.
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.
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.