Francis Coquelin has been named in Arsenal’s Premier League squad for the 2014/15 season, despite reportedly coming close to joining Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.
Coquelin, who endured a frustrating loan spell with Freiburg last season, will be looking to add to his 21 league appearances for Arsenal. New signing Danny Welbeck has also been included and helps Arsenal to meet the criteria of “homegrown” players, with Abou Diaby and Damian Martinez also being listed.
Samuel Galindo, as expected, has been left out, whilst first-team players Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo, Serge Gnabry, Calum Chambers and Gedion Zelalem are on the U21 list.
The vast majority of the club’s new scholars have also been included on the U21 list although the new foreign signings- Hugo Keto, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Savvas Mourgos and Kristopher Da Graca- have been left out as their transfers are yet to formally be approved by FIFA, which also explains why they are yet to feature for Arsenal at U18 level.
Loanees Carl Jenkinson and Ryo have not been named, but Wellington, Austin Lipman, Kristoffer Olsson, Jon Toral and Benik Afobe, who are all on temporary transfers away from the club, are on the U21 list.
Arsenal Premier League squad
Senior list: Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin*, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs*, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Emiliano Martinez*, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey*, Tomas Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez, Wojciech Szczesny*, Theo Walcott*, Danny Welbeck*, Jack Wilshere*.
*= Homegrown players
U21 list: Benik Afobe, Semi Ajayi, Chuba Akpom, Wellington, Hector Bellerin, Marc Bola, Calum Chambers, Dan Crowley, George Dobson, Harry Donovan, Aaron Eyoma, Serge Gnabry, Isaac Hayden, Kaylen Hinds, Ryan Huddart, Deyan Iliev, Alex Iwobi, Jack Jebb, Chiori Johnson, Glen Kamara, Austin Lipman, Matt Macey, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stephy Mavididi, Tafari Moore, Stefan O’Connor, Kristoffer Olsson, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Julio Pleguezuelo, Jonatas Centeno, Tyrell Robinson, Yaya Sanogo, Ben Sheaf, Renny Smith, Jon Toral, Josh Vickers, Chris Willock, Elliot Wright, Gedion Zelalem.