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Arsenal bloated? Chelsea’s incredible 62-man squad revealed

Arsenal: 33 players

Following Stoke City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, Gooners were again calling for Arsene Wenger to spend cash.

Many Arsenal fans are unhappy with the composition of their defence.

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But, before fans get their hopes raised for new signings, they should consider how Wenger views his current squad.

After the Stoke loss, Wenger made it clear that before he signs new players, Arsenal have to sell.

Indeed, the Gunners already have 33 players in their first team squad.

Chelsea’s 62-man squad

But if you thought Arsenal’s squad was over-sized, that’s nothing on Chelsea.

The Mail on Sunday have looked into how many footballers Chelsea have on their payroll: the crazy numbers stands at 62.

Of course, Chelsea are well-known for stock-piling some of the best youngsters in world football, while the Blues have become extremely good at making money off such young talent.

Others, however, criticise Chelsea for their acquisition policy, as the club fail to blood youngsters in their first team.

Digging into the details

The Mail on Sunday reveal the following facts about Chelsea’s current squad:

Chelsea’s controversial ‘farm’ system of hoarding players means they have an astonishing 62 senior contracted professionals on their books – although their ‘stockpile then sell’ approach is increasingly profitable.

An analysis by the Mail on Sunday shows they have made a profit of £107.6m in the past five years alone from selling 20 ‘farm’ players. 

Chelsea’s 62 senior pros are comprised of 25 members of the current first-team squad, 26 players out on loan (four in the Premier League), and 11 more in effect waiting to be loaned. 

Of course, this data have come out at the same time that Antonio Conte shouts about needing to make more signings.

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More details on Chelsea’s enormous squad are below.