Coquelin and Welbeck included in Arsenal’s Premier League squad

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.



  1. Any chance for him stepping up this season? Really hope he can, as he has the talent, and I’ve always been a fan. Wouldn’t be the first time a player was close to leaving then taking an opportunity presented to them (Flamini phase 1, and Ashley Cole).
    His passing seems to be better though.

    Really hope he can usurp Flamini, which would be ironic.

  2. I think he’s got it in him. Was a really bright prospect for a while, thought he was going to be our answer to the Gilberto successor–the loan spells didn’t work out, but I think he should have stayed in the premiership instead of gone to Germany. Could still happen

  3. As expected giroud macey and miquel, replaced in the champions league squad by ospina Walcott and welbeck. Zelalem surprisingly retains his place ahead of semi ajayi, who is clearly now not in Wengers thoughts.

    I am.hearing bellerin hayden and akpom have officially or may be unofficially been promoted to the first team squad. Whatever their pictures now appear as part of the 30 man first team squad on uefa website.

  4. JB, I dont understand the home grown rule. Kindly explain it to me, I coquelin played over 24months outside England/Wales FA. How come he is qualified as home grown. I thought the rule is that you play 36months consecutively before age 21. I am lost about this, Atid you may also help.

    1. Different eligibility rules for different competitions. This is why we have 25 players in our champions league A list, but only 23 senior players in the epl squad.

      The rules mean players like ajayi, iliev, macey, pleguezuelo can be named in the epl squad as they are under 21, but cannot be in the champions league B list as they haven’t had TWO years of completed club service, meaning they would have to be be on the a list which is already full. Even Giroud has now been delisted from the A list, so that an uninjured player can take his place.

      Basically for champions league, you have locally trained players, they can be made up of club trained and association trained. They are placed on the A.list, there is also a maximum 17 players on the a list that are classed as over the age and/or do not qualify under the locally trained rule. If they are under the age and meet the locally trained eligibility rules they can be placed on the a list. Still following?

      The Epl is simpler, if you are born 1992 or before you are classed as over 21. You can have a maximum of 25 players over 21 but nopre than 17 non-homegrown. That doesn’t necessarily mean a foreigner isn’t homegrown, as they only need to have spent 2 years at the club prior to the minimum age, to qualify as a homegrown player. Confused????

      It’s so hard to put it simply, it’s like trying to uncomplicate the champions league draw.

  5. Am really concerned that we are pretty light in Central Defence and Defensive Midfield positions. My better judgement is that we have taken a big risk not filling up those positions particularly in CD with such a long season ahead. However, with the opportunity presented, am looking for a break out season for Hayden and perhaps Coquelin. Finally, am keeping my fingers crossed for my favourite youth team players; Akpom and Bellerin.

  6. I would love for Coquelin to take his chance. It wasn’t that long ago that he was being hailed as the next big thing at Arsenal but a big injury and a poor 18 months has seen him really take a step backwards in his career.

    I thought he had a decent pre season and played very well in the Emirates Cup. We probably won’t see him until the Capitol One, so if he does get picked to start, I hope he shows what most Arsenal fans know he’s capable of.

    I also have the same, very high hopes for Isaac Hayden. I believe he will be Arsenal and England captain one day. Hope he also gets another chance in the C1 Cup. #COYG

  7. Atid, are you saying that you can be loaned out of England/Wales FA’s but still be registered with the FA’s thus qualifying as an home grown player? Silva & Olsson are registered but are out on loan.

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