The signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon means that Arsenal have exceed the Premier League quota of foreign born players and will have to cash in on one of their foreign born players.
When Alexandre Lacazette was pictured holding an Arsenal shirt for the first time, Gunners fans were excited.
After several years of drought, Arsenal have finally secured the signature of prolific goalscorer but it seems that Lacazette’s signing could give rise to some issues.
With the Frenchman’s signature, the Gunners have now surpassed the maximum number of foreign-born players allowed in a Premier League squad.
Premier League rules mean that only 17 foreign-born can be in a team at a time meaning that the Gunners will need to release someone before Lacazette can be registered in the league.
The club will undoubtedly have already considered this and there are several candidates who could make an exit this summer. Mathieu Debuchy’s time Emirates is at it end and fringe players like Joel Campbell and Lucas Perez could also leave.
The maximum squad size of 25 does make sense and there’s no doubt that the Gunners will have to cash in on a couple of players to maintain the mood in the club. Alexandre Lacazette is an obvious upgrade in attack but unfortunately, his signing means that someone else will have to pay the price. That’s just the way of football.