Walcott and Ospina left out as 15 youngsters make Arsenal’s Champions League squad

Arsenal have submitted their list of eligible players for their two-legged Champions League Play-Off Round tie against Besiktas, with Theo Walcott and goalkeeper David Ospina the most notable absentees.

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Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe

Ospina, who was recently signed from Nice, is currently injured, meaning that Argentinian shot-stopper Damian Martinez will be on the bench for both fixtures against the Turkish side, with fourth-choice Matt Macey included in the squad in place of Ospina. The club’s other summer signings, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sánchez, have all been included.

Walcott and Ryo Miyaichi have been omitted as they continue to recover from their respective injuries. Arsenal will be able to make changes to their squad ahead of the group stages should they progress that far.

Youngsters Tafari Moore, Glen Kamara, Josh Vickers, Ryan Huddart and Alex Iwobi have all been included in the squad for the first time, whilst Samuel Galindo, as expected, has been left out. Semi Ajayi, Dan Crowley, Deyan Iliev and Julio Pleguezuelo are not yet eligible for inclusion and all players currently on loan have been left out.

Arsenal’s Champions League squad: 

1. Wojciech Szczęsny, 2. Mathieu Debuchy, 3. Kieran Gibbs, 4. Per Mertesacker, 6. Laurent Koscielny, 7. Tomáš Rosický, 8. Mikel Arteta, 9. Lukas Podolski, 10. Jack Wilshere, 11. Mesut Özil, 12. Olivier Giroud, 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain*, 16. Aaron Ramsey, 17. Alexis Sánchez, 18. Nacho Monreal, 19. Santi Cazorla, 20. Mathieu Flamini, 21. Calum Chambers, 22. Yaya Sanogo, 24. Abou Diaby, 27. Serge Gnabry*, 28. Joel Campbell, 34. Francis Coquelin, 35. Gedion Zelalem, 38. Chuba Akpom*, 39. Héctor Bellerín*, 42. Isaac Hayden*, 43. Ryan Huddart*, 45. Alex Iwobi*, 46. Jack Jebb*, 47. Glen Kamara*, 49. Matt Macey, 50. Damian Martinez, 51. Ignasi Miquel, 52. Tafari Moore*, 53. Kristoffer Olsson*, 54. Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill*, 56. Jon Toral*, 57. Josh Vickers*.

*- B list



  1. Bellerin & Gnabry now qualify for the B List just like Ox.

    A List (club trained)
    Szczesny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Ramsey, Coquelin, Martinez & Miquel

    A List (associated club trained)

    A List – Bought 17 MAX
    Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Rosicky, Arteta, Podolski, Özil, Giroud, Alexis, Monreal, Cazorla, Flamini, Sanogo, Diaby, Campbell, Zelalem & Macey

    B List (U21s – 2 years uninterrupted by loans at club)
    Chamberlain, Gnabry, Akpom, Bellerin, Hayden, Huddart, Iwobi, Jebbs, Kamara, Moore, Olsson, Ormonde-Ottewill, Toral, Vickors.

    So that’s the A List max of 25 & 17 “bought” as well as 14 B List U21s = 39 players to choose from.

    Without Walcott (club trained) & Ospina (bought) to be brought into the A List expect some of the younger players to be moved to accommodate them & possible new signings.

  2. Does Coquelin really qualify as club-trained? I thought him being out on loan to foreign clubs, maybe would disqualify him. I thought the eighth player from the A-list would be Macey as associated-trained. Or maybe they both can be excluded from the 17 bought? Which would be great because it would leave more options when we have to register Ospina and a centreback.

    1. yeah Macey being bought from an English club would make him Associated trained like Chambers. I knew there would be a mistake somewhere haha.

      Probably need clarification on Coquelin, Martinez & Miyaichi. All A List players regardless.

      1. Martinez was loaned under the youth loan system, which is not considered as a proper loan at UEFA level, as players are still eligible to play for their parent club. See Akpom who last season spent time at Coventry but still played for Arsenal.

        When under 21, Coquelin did spent two years continually for Arsenal. Hence his status as trained by AFC.

        Did Macey came from Wales or Northern Ireland via an English club? If that is the case, then he would not be considered associated club trained player.

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