The signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon means that Arsenal have surpassed the Premier League quota of 17 foreign-born players and will have to sell.
When Alexandre Lacazette was pictured holding an Arsenal shirt for the first time, Gunners fans were elated.
After several years of waiting, Arsenal have finally signed a top class goalscorer but it seems that Lacazette’s signing could cause more problems.
With the Frenchman’s signature, the Gunners have now exceeded the maximum number of foreign-born players allowed in the league squad.
Premier League rules mean that only 17 foreign-born players are allowed in the squad of 25 meaning that the Gunners will need to sell before Lacazette can be registered in the league.
The club will undoubtedly have already thought of this and there are several candidates who could make way. Mathieu Debuchy’s time at the Emirates is over and fringe players like Joel Campbell and Lucas Perez could also make way.
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The maximum squad size of 25 does make sense and there’s no doubt that the Gunners will have to sell a couple of players to keep everyone happy. Alexandre Lacazette is an obvious upgrade in attack but unfortunately, his signing means that someone else will have to make way. That’s just the way football works.