Arsenal went through a massive squad overhaul this summer seeing 16 first team players leave and nine players join or return to the club. One of them players they brought in was french defender William Saliba.
The 18-year-old has been compared to UEFA Player of the year Virgil Van Dijk with his size and speed being the most stand out features, very much like the Dutchman. The £30m deal to transfer Saliba included a mandatory clause in which the Gunners were required to loan the player back to ASSE in which they obliged to get their man.
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The North Londoners submitted a 49 man squad for the first half of the Premier League season and the Arsenal Loanee was included despite not being at the club. The reason for this is because he is 18, if Arsenal then name him for the next three seasons it means he will have been registered for three + years before the age of 21 making him a ‘homegrown’ player which helps the club meet the leagues quota with extra ease.
Arsenal currently have six home grown players in the first team (over 21):
– Héctor Bellerín
– Calum Chambers
– Rob Holding
– Matt Macey
– Ainsley Maitland-Niles
– Emiliano Martinez