Homegrown means that players who have spent 3 years or more in our academy. But you have to be careful because not only do we have a submit an A list of players we can also submit a B list. The B list is for all players under 21 who have spent 3 years at the academy and there is no restriction on the number and we don't have to submit that list until 24hours before kick off.
If you therefore go to our players site on OS and discount all the academy EDS players you will find that in the over 21 category we only have Micah Richards and Michael Johnson who are classed as homegrown. In essence this means that the CL squad, the A list can only contain 22 names (discounting Johnson). because the other 3 places are reserved for homegrown players. To increase the squad we would have to re sign the likes of Sturridge or Joey Barton (lol)
In prem league it is different, you have to have out of the 25 players 8 homegrown players, the meaning of homegrown for those rules is that they have to come out of an academy in the countries asociation so the players like Clichy who came out of Arsenals academy qualify, along with Barry, Lescott and Hart. We should if memory serves me right be able to have a 25 man squad for the prem league.
The big connundrum from our managers point of view is that by attracting world class players they will want to compete in both so ideally your squads should be the same otherwise someone will not be able to take part in the CL.
Clichy is not from Arsenal's academy, he is from AS Cannes youth system. None of the four Arsenal players we have bought from them are Arsenal youth system products, but Arsenal fans will tell you they're.