Arsenal include Källström in Champions League squad but Ryo left out



Arsenal have named new signing Kim Källström in their squad of eligible players for the latter stages of the Champions League, despite the Swedish midfielder currently being sidelined by injury.

Källström, who is on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season, has been allocated squad number 29, but Abou Diaby, who hasn’t featured this season owing to injury, has again been left out of the squad. Ryo Miyaichi, who has only featured five times for the first-team this season, has also been omitted.

Gedion Zelalem and Yaya Sanogo are included on List A for senior players as they are not yet eligible for List B, whilst Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry are all still classed as U21 players despite being part of the first-team squad. Theo Walcott has been included despite the winger being ruled out for the rest of the season.

All players currently on loan have been left out as have those youngsters who are not yet eligible to be included as they haven’t been registered for the club for two whole years, namely Thomas Eisfeld, Deyan Iliev, Matt Macey, Semi Ajayi and Leander Siemann. Samuel Galindo, who is currently on trial with American side Colorado Rapids, is also not included.

Arsenal Champions League squad:

1. Wojciech Szczęsny, 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. Mesut Özil, 12. Olivier Giroud, 13. Emiliano Viviano, 14. Theo Walcott, 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain*, 16. Aaron Ramsey, 17. Nacho Monreal, 19. Santi Cazorla, 20. Mathieu Flamini, 21. Łukasz Fabiański, 22. Yaya Sanogo, 23. Nicklas Bendtner, 25. Carl Jenkinson*, 28. Kieran Gibbs, 29. Kim Källström, 39. Zak Ansah*, 43. Zach Fagan*, 44. Serge Gnabry, 45. Isaac Hayden*, 47. Jack Jebb*, 53. Kristoffer Olsson*, 54. Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill*, 56. Jon Toral*, 58. Gedion Zelalem.

*List B.



  1. Sorry, am I missing something here: what reason would there be for including Theo and excluding Ryo, when there is NO chance of Walcott playing again this season ? What the hell dos that say to Ryo ?!!

    1. The reason is that is for any reason Arsenal get to win the UCL theo will not be given a medal despite playing from the beginning so its better he receives an award cos the injury was incurred when he was in the field of play.

    2. It’s all quite simple really its all about what list the players qualify for A or B

      To qualify for the b list you have to be born 1/1/92 or after and have had to completed more than 2 years service with the club.

      The rest of the players go on the a list which can have 17 plus up to 8 more who are locally trained of which 4 can be association trained and the rest club trained for at least 3 years between the ages of 15-21.

      All this meant that Wenger could only name 22 on his list as only 5 players fall into the locally trained category (Walcott being one of them) it meant he had to choose 17 from 24. 15 of those were simple, he then had to choose 2 from 9 players who didn’t qualify for the b list. They were viviano Macey iliev, diaby, kallstrom, Ryo, eisfeld, ajayi and siemann. Hope that clears it up.

      For me Wenger made the right choices

  2. There is no senior HG player who could take Walcott’s spot anyway, so no need to remove him from the list. Also, if he would somehow make a miraculous recovery in time for a CL final, doing so could prove a major misstake. Ryo on the other hand had to make room for Källström, as there was no free spot in the squad for the latter.

    Also, and I could be wrong about this, but doesn’t Ryo qualify for the B list (for which you can register players at any time) these days?

  3. Theo is in because he’s HG and you need a certain amount of HG included. Ryo is out as he’s not homegrown and Kallstrom takes his place.

  4. Jeorge – Miyaichi wouldn’t qualify as club trained under CL guidelines right? Loans breaking up the period with the club for A list (3 years) & B List (2 years) qualification.

    The 17 “bought” players –

    Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Rosicky, Arteta, Podolski, Özil, Giroud, Viviano, Monreal, Cazorla, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Kallstrom, Zelalem

    The “club trained” players –

    Szczesny, Walcott, Ramsey, Bendtner, Gibbs

    (Wilshere and Jenkinson qualify as club trained for 2014/15 campaign)

    1. still why not Eisfield?
      i always get an impression that wenger prefers passer which is good but neglects finishers. Eisfield has played well when given a chance like that cup game against reading and has a neck of being in right place to score goals.

  5. What is the purpose of having a player named on the squad sheet, when you have no intentions of playing the individual. With no more reserves football the benched player can never hope to make continuous improvements.

    However, rotating a squad to get the best out of each individual was never listed among Wenger’s competences. How and when to rest players is another skill he never mastered. But the art of burning player out, otherwise the club captain would have had more games under his belt this season and Ryo likewise.

    1. Vermaelen had got chances too but he got injured. Ryo is NOT good enough to play for Arsenal first team. Gnabry had got the chances instead and he deserve it. Wenger also make a lot of changes and do rotate. But when the team is on a good run then why change too much? Our defense has been absolutely amazing with Kos and mersesacker so don’t fucking complain about Vermaelen not getting any chances! We are top of the fucking league! What more can you ask wenger to do???? Some fans are just so amazing….

      1. Wenger is awful at using his depth. Vermalen is surely good enough to trust to play vs Palace and give one of the other two some rest. otherwise why is he club captain and on 80k per week?

        It is this same mentality of Wenger that leads to youth players not getting more chances.

        Whats worse is when one of the two CDs eventually breaks down due to overuse, Vermalen comes in rusty. And is forced to play every minute of every subsequent game after doing nothing the whole season to that point. Then breaks down too.

      2. Before the season Vermaelen was injured. Kos and Mers took their chances and had kept it until now. Vermaelen got some injuries and couldn’t take it back. Vermaelen then got a chance but got injured again and. Palace is not a shit team. As you could see… they could be dangerous. Vermaelen will have the chance in the FA cup and we still got quite a few games to play. Being the captain and on high wages doesn not guarantee anything here. thats stupid arguments. Kos and Mersesacker is on high wages too BUT they also keep our defense clean for the most part. THATS what matter the most. All of our midfielders gets plenty of playing time and you can change a lot more in those positions than at CB. To compare is even stupid.

      3. Again, I will repeat: if you are serious about winning the title, you are not going to do it by playing two central defenders with no breaks. If your #3 central defender cannot seamlessly step in vs a team that is not in the top four then something is wrong – with the manager, not the player. Vermalen is a Belgian international – and good enough that he will be at the world cup even if Wenger does not play him in a single league game from now to the end. He should be used at least to keep the other two fresh and in peak condition.

        You dont have to call Crystal Palace “$%#”, which you did – I didnt – in order to understand that they are not a title contender. Never going to be. Your #3 defender must be capable of playing this game – and he is.

        If you overplay the defenders, then get leggy when the games get close. Watch the Man City massacre: the defenders were no bad – in a couple cases you could see Mertesacker saw the danger, just lacked the sharpness to do it. As a manager one would expect Wenger to look at the schedule and mark out games where he can give Mertesacker or Kos a break….before they break down. Or even take them out for the final 20 and let Vermalen get a run out.

        Look at how Walcott got injured at a point in the game when he should have been pulled probably 10-20 minutes before as we had a good lead and he was the last real fit goalscorer we had.

        This is about prevention, not reaction.

        Similarly, if youth development is to get any real results, the manager also has to be looking at the games and looking at the players and figuring out where he can sneak in these young players one here and one there, to learn and gain confidence with the first team playing around them. You dont want to have Arteta and Flamini absent and suddenly you are asking Hayden to play and he has never played not even for the last 5 minutes of a game.

      4. Vermaelen will get games in the FA cup. He will play in the league. At the moment we got a good partnership and if you wants to give Vermaelen some games here and there… thats exactly what is happening. He gets some games here and there. Wenger don’t want to break the good run of games we have at the moment.

    2. What is the point of not naming them?

      There are 40 medals up for grabs but more importantly what if before a match the first team ate a dodgy lasagne or had another virus spreading through the camp? The match wouldn’t be cancelled so better to name the squad than not

  6. Verm is good enough yes, but Kos and Mert guarantee a win. That is something Verm cannot do… He’s a decent backup though. Abit like Joleon LEscott he’s a decent player too… though only a sub at City…

    1. “….Verm is good enough yes, but Kos and Mert guarantee a win…”

      Run of games, my foot. Hope we have had a clear lesson now about failing to use the depth across the squad. If this club wants to win a title, it need to be giving the first line a break against teams like Palace. Or stop pretending.

      The second line players need to be used more. And the kids inserted here and there. Worked for Ferguson when he was winning titles!

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