Arteta set to axe two Arsenal players from first-team squad before October 20

Arsenal have some big decisions to make with two big-name players facing a nightmare 2020/21 campaign.

The Gunners tried desperately to shrink their squad at the end of the transfer window.

However, they have ended up with too many non-homegrown senior members in their first-team.

As a result, two players will have to be axed from their Premier League squad and won’t be able to figure after the international break.

Arsenal fans have already begun debating who should be binned, with the list to choose from very strong.

The full list of 19 needs to be narrowed down to just 17 non-homegrown players.

Of goalkeepers, there is Bernd Leno and summer signing Runar Alex Runarsson.

For defenders, Mikel Arteta has Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Kieran Tierney.

In midfield, there is Dani Ceballos, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

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And of Arsenal’s forwards, Arteta has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

The rules state each Premier League side can only register 25 players over the age of 21, and at least eight of them must be homegrown.

Homegrown means being developed at an academy of a club in the English pyramid for at least three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.

Under-21 players, meanwhile, are eligible above the limit of 25 players per squad.

Arsenal must register their squad by October 20, meaning Arteta has less than two weeks to make his call.

Looking at the Gunners’ list of non-homegrown players, it is clear they have an overload of defenders.

As a result, the likes of Mustafi and Mari could well be at risk, while Ozil must also consider himself vulnerable despite being on £350,000-a-week.

For the unlucky pair who are axed from the squad, they could ultimately find an escape route out of Arsenal in the January transfer window.

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