How does the Arsenal squad 2018/9 shape up?

So, it looks as though the departure of Lucas Perez to the happy hammers was the only deadline day deal to get over the line.

Below is the Arsenal squad according to the Premier League website but, apparently, players can still be sold or loaned out until the end of August, so players such as David Ospina could still go.

Today is meant to be when 25 man squads are registered but changes to them will be made if players are sold or loaned before September 1st.

How are we looking?




Perhaps the midfield looks stronger with the addition of Torreira and  Guendouzi to replace the outgoing Jack. Emile Smith Rowe will be hoping to push on and get some first team action this year after impressing in pre-season.

Up front, we look mobile and pacy but with no plan B anymore. Thank Dennis for that, some will say! Maybe Ramsey will get more time further forward this season?

Kos not expected to be back in training until the end of the year at the earliest, looks to be the biggest hole in the squad at present. New signing from Dortmund, Sokratis wasn’t that convincing in pre-season, but presumably the new purchasing team have some idea as to what they’re doing, so I’m hoping he’s just taking time to settle in and will turn out to be a great buy.  Presumably Mustafi and Sokratis will be the first choice pairing.

The Beast out for a few months is a blow but Maitland-Niles is adequate cover for Nacho. Right back is looking stronger than it has done for ages, Hector can be rested safe in the knowledge that Lichtsteiner provides a wealth of experience.

What are your feelings? Are we good to go?




43 Responses to How does the Arsenal squad 2018/9 shape up?

  1. amo says:

    We need to promote more academy boys. they are very good.

  2. Eddie says:

    it doesn’t look as if we spent £66mil, does it?
    Anyway, signing big expensive names is not a trophy. ManU fans celebrated singing Pogba last summer, well, how useless was he? For the club, not the country. Very useless

    I think Emery bought wisely – nothing extravagant and not afraid to spend a lot on young players like Torreira and Guendozi. Fail to sell Welbeck, but that was probably mission impossible

    Spuds spent zero, nothing, but didn’t lose key players. They think they will finish about all other london clubs. Some say that Spurs are the new Arsenal, they think 4th spot is a trophy 🙂

  3. Eddie says:

    amo – NO.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Squad looks strong. Not just in personal but also in terms of age. We are set up well for a few seasons to come as the younger players gain experience.

    4th IS a trophy, isn’t it?

  5. conner peden says:

    great thinking by boss with small budget, hopefully back into cl next season and new transfers will be what we really looking for with extra cash to spend, boss should get 150ml every season with cl and tv rights monwy but owner tight f%$k. anyway looking forward to new season and hopefully we can get jump on rivals with 2 wins out of 2 games

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Why did Everton sign a right winger in Bernard when they have Walcott?

  7. chas says:


    I don’t think the u21s have to be registered as part of the 25 man squad, so some will have a chance of being promoted.

    Not sure why Reiss Nelson and Guendouzi (18 and 19 respectively) are there on the Prem League site. Mavro and A. M-N are also under 21 i think.

    Maybe I’ve no idea what I’m on about. Just ignore me.

    Perhaps all will become clear later on today. 🙂

  8. chas says:

    Isn’t Walcott a centre forward? 🙂

  9. chas says:

  10. Eddie says:

    my santi 🙂 he deserves nothing but the best. Good luck Santiago

  11. Eddie says:

    no Raddy, it is not.

  12. LBG says:

    4th is a trophy, Santi was a Saint, and Walcott was……………

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Good post Chas I had one on the same subject in draft – but no where near as good as yours – so it’s now in the bin.

    Reiss Nelson born Dec 10,1999
    Guendouzi born Apr 14, 1999
    Mavro – born Dec 11, 1997
    A. M-N – born Aug 29, 1997

    Average age of squad 26.2

    Ahead of Unai Emery’s media conference on Friday, here’s the latest squad update from our medical team.

    Aaron Ramsey
    Has resumed training

    Sead Kolasinac
    Injury to his left knee. Will be out for 8-10 weeks.

    Laurent Koscielny
    Injury to his right Achilles. Aiming for return to training at the end of the year

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    These are our current academy players……

    Krystian Bielik Defender
    Tolaji Bola Defender
    Cohen Bramall Defender
    Zech Medley Defender
    Jordi Osei-Tutu Defender
    Julio Pleguezuelo Defender
    Stephy Mavididi Forward
    Edward Nketiah Forward
    Nathan Tormey Forward
    Deyan Iliev Goalkeeper
    Charlie Gilmour Midfielder
    Reiss Nelson Midfielder
    Ben Sheaf Midfielder
    Emile Smith Rowe Midfielder
    Joseph Willock Midfielder
    Gedion Zelalem Midfielder

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    The new Premier League season gets underway on Friday night – and there are some new rules to be aware of before the action gets underway.

    Here’s what you need to know…

    Manager behaviour

    The Premier League is eager to crack down on bad behaviour in the dugout this season. While there won’t be red or yellow cards issued to coaching staff as in the EFL, managers will be penalised if they have to be consistently warned by referees.

    This season, four warnings from the referee will see a manager receive a one-match ban. If the manager goes on to pick up eight warnings through the season he’ll be handed a two-match ban. Twelve warnings leads to three and 16 is an FA misconduct ban.

    Technology in the technical area

    You may spot coaching staff playing on their iPads during matches this season after a new rule allowing technology to be used in technical areas was passed.

    While the tablets can’t be used to argue about decisions with officials, it does allow coaches the chance to show tactical videos to substitutes or analyse live clips and data during the game.


    This season, any cautions players receive will be specific to the competition they were playing in at the time. So, a yellow card in an FA Cup game, for instance, wouldn’t count towards a suspension in the Premier League.

    However, red cards will apply across all competitions – although standard bans can now be decreased or increased in exceptional cases.

    Players will be banned after picking up five yellow cards (with a cut off after the first 19 games), 10 yellow cards (cut off 32 games) and 15 yellow cards by the end of the season.

    No extra-time in League Cup

    Extra-time will no longer be played in the Carabao Cup this season, with matches level at 90 minutes going straight to a penalty shoot-out.

    The EFL, who organise the League Cup, have also announced the penalty shoot-out format would revert to the traditional alternating kicks, rather than the ABBA format which was trialled in 2017/18.


    Previously the FA’s anti-doping testers could inform a club of which players they wanted to test at 75 minutes. Now they can only inform clubs of players selected for testing immediately after the matches.


    While VAR will not be used in the Premier League this season, it will be applied in FA Cup and Carabao Cup games played in Premier League stadiums. That will increase its usage to 60 games in 2018/19. There were just 19 games which used VAR in 2017/18. VAR can only be used at Premier League stadiums.

    Meanwhile, the Premier League plans to increase its testing of the system this season, as they continue to work towards eventually implementing VAR in the top flight in the future.

    Transfer Window

    The new Deadline Day rules, which saw the window for Premier League clubs close before the season began, will be discussed by clubs in September and October. This won’t be a formal review, but a view on how successful the switch was will be taken and assessed.

  16. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas, that squad will do for me. The new guys look good quality and fill long needed gaps and we can expect some of the established players to get a new lease of life I’m hoping.

    It would;d have been daft to bring in too many players at the same time as trying to instill a new style of play. I’m hoping we get off to a good start, but if not, we all need to be patient.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of a ‘team’ than of late … that is the way it has looked in pre-season.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Quote from Winston Churchill-

    “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing –
    after they have tried everything else”

  18. fred1266 says:

    Nice danny can still go

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Rasp,

    We will get a true measure of the calibre of our squad on Sunday.
    I will be looking carefully at our defensive display, our attacking capability has seldom been an issue but the same cannot be said about our defending.

    I’m not advocating a bus formation defence, as that is killing football, but I would hope that players like Bellerin have a leash on them and don’t keep leaving our defence wanting while they go wandering down the wing.

  20. Eddie says:

    oi chas, which is correct?

    If there were to be a second referendum
    If there WAS to be a second referendum

  21. RC78 says:

    Team is ok, feels like we are missing a player that can add width to our attacking options. Someone like…Dembele or Zaha for that matter.

    Hope Ramsey stays and does not go to Barca

  22. Eddie says:

    ramsey might still go to Barca for a weekend break. He might even go to see a game at Camp Nou

  23. RC78 says:

    So let us see how we set up but early indication is:4312

    Leno – Bello, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal – Ramsey, LT, Xhaka – Ozil – Laca, Auba

    Leaves Miky on the bench 😦

  24. LB says:

    How exciting, trying to guess Emery’s first starting line up.


    Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, M-N





    Yes, I have purposely left out Xhaka and Torriera and the reason is that neither of them have played 90 minutes football. I guess that Lacazzette will be on the bench.

    No idea how Ramsey and Ozil play together but I would want them in the same team.

    I am unable to attend the game as I will be climbing up a stupidly steep mountain in the Italian Alps on my bike.

    Bad planning again, annoying Sunday kick offs.

  25. LB says:

    Monreal without any playing minutes doesn’t make sense to me? Best player for the position, no doubt, but zero minutes……hmmmm

  26. chas says:

    How many minutes has Ramsey had?

  27. chas says:

    I’d go WAS as referring to a single event, but wtf do I know?

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Oi don’t pre-empt my PM!

    Will write something for tomorrow and give the valiant, heroic Chas a break.

  29. Eddie says:

    you know your grammar, that’s why i asked you. I thought ‘was’ too, but it was were on the BBC website, strange

  30. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Be careful out there

  31. chas says:

    Valiant and heroic, that’s me. 😉

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas you deserve all the credit that comes your way.

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal head coach Unai Emery admits Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is the better coach, but is looking forward to locking horns with his former foe at the Emirates on Sunday.

    Emery takes charge of his first competitive game as Arsenal boss with Guardiola in the opposing dug out – a coach the former Valencia and Sevilla head coach has failed to beat on 10 occasions.

    The new Arsenal boss admits Guardiola has shone more both as a player and manager, but has welcomed the challenge posed by his counterpart ahead of Sunday afternoon’s showdown.

    “I am 46, he is 47 and he started his career as a player, bigger than me,” said Emery. “His career as a coach is also bigger than mine.

    “We started our careers as coaches at maybe the same kind of time and his career, statistically, is better than me also but I like more playing against him because it demands more from the preparation, to try to win against his teams.

    “When we were in Spain each match against Barcelona with Valencia is very exciting and very demanding for me also to prepare this match.”

    Aaron Ramsey is fit to play in Sunday’s game after recovering from a calf problem sustained in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea.

    Emery also said Ainsley Maitland-Niles is expected to start at left-back, a position he filled in at last season, with Saed Kolasinac sidelined for two months.

  34. LB says:

    I’m not sure how many minutes Ramsey has played, it was only a guess, an innocent way of joining in the conversation.

  35. chas says:

    I’ve no idea either!

  36. GoonerB says:

    Cheers Chas.

    I am not too concerned that Guardiola has had the better of Emery to date because I think there have been many factors in Guardiolas favour up until now. I also note that Liverpool managed to undo Guardiolas side last season mainly because of their devastating ability on the counter-attack. I notice that we have not looked too shabby in this department ourselves in pre-season and it looks to be a strength that Emery puts emphasis on, so……….

    1-2 big players will have to ride the pine due to us having extra strength in depth now, but who will it be. I won’t name my full line up until Raddy has graced us with his genius and wisdom but just to counter RC’s 2.07, I do feel Miki is important, particularly in this game.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    Fairplay to Emery but he didn’t have Messi/Iniesta/Xavi etc etc and the Barca billions.

  38. Big Raddy says:

    “genius and wisdom” Hahahahaha

  39. Red Arnie says:

    Thanks, Chas. 🙂

    ahem, looks good enough to me. new regime, onwards and upwards. let us hand down a Shitty thrashing on Sunday

    Not being relegated is itself a trophy, so yes, 4th certainly is.

    Up the Arse!

  40. VP of Oz says:

    LB, what is your favourite bike?

  41. Eddie says:

    tricycle of course

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    There is a New Post

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