Arsenal Analysis: Round 22 player analysis and Round 23 team selection

Following each round of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

In assessing the respective players on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.

Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:

  • To stretch the game vertically, by creating generous spacing between their defensive and midfield block and attacking block, and taking risks with their forward passing, so as to allow for quick forward transitions and higher probability scoring opportunities.
  • Arsenal’s goalkeeper’s primary aims are to stop shots and claim crosses.
  • Arsenal’s centre backs’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), win aerial duels, clear the ball from danger and block shots.
  • Arsenal’s fullbacks’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), cross the ball multiple times during a match (with the intent of providing assists), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s central midfielders’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through accurate passing, multiple long range passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s attacking midfielders’ primary aims are to provide assists, score goals, create goal scoring opportunities through multiple key passes, multiple through passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s strikers’ primary aims are to score goals, and record multiple shots and successful aerial duels per match.

N.B. the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full back, and centre backs; the ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s centre midfielders; and the ‘attacking block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

The findings of the aforementioned analysis, provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 11 players make up Arsenal’s most productive team.

Internal player rankings

Following Round 22 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:

Goalkeeper:

goalkeeper

Right fullback:

right fullback

Centre back:

centre back

Left fullback:

left fullback

Centre midfield:

centre midfield

Attacking midfield:

attacking midfield

Striker:

striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Mkhitaryan, Holding and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 23 clash versus Chelsea, would appear to be as follows:

line up

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Arsenal Analysis: Round 21 player analysis and Round 22 team selection

Following each round of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

In assessing the respective players on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.

Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:

  • To stretch the game vertically, by creating generous spacing between their defensive and midfield block and attacking block, and taking risks with their forward passing, so as to allow for quick forward transitions and higher probability scoring opportunities.
  • Arsenal’s goalkeeper’s primary aims are to stop shots and claim crosses.
  • Arsenal’s centre backs’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), win aerial duels, clear the ball from danger and block shots.
  • Arsenal’s fullbacks’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), cross the ball multiple times during a match (with the intent of providing assists), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s central midfielders’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through accurate passing, multiple long range passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s attacking midfielders’ primary aims are to provide assists, score goals, create goal scoring opportunities through multiple key passes, multiple through passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s strikers’ primary aims are to score goals, and record multiple shots and successful aerial duels per match.

N.B. the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full back, and centre backs; the ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s centre midfielders; and the ‘attacking block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

The findings of the aforementioned analysis, provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 11 players make up Arsenal’s most productive team.

Internal player rankings

Following Round 21 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:

Goalkeeper:

goalkeeper

Right fullback:

right fullback

Centre back:

centre back

Left fullback:

left fullback

Centre midfield:

centre midfield

Attacking midfield:

attacking midfield

Striker:

striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Mkhitaryan, Holding and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 22 clash versus West Ham, would appear to be as follows:

line up

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Arsenal Analysis: Round 20 player analysis and Round 21

Following each round of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

In assessing the respective players on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.

Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:

  • To stretch the game vertically, by creating generous spacing between their defensive and midfield block and attacking block, and taking risks with their forward passing, so as to allow for quick forward transitions and higher probability scoring opportunities.
  • Arsenal’s goalkeeper’s primary aims are to stop shots and claim crosses.
  • Arsenal’s centre backs’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), win aerial duels, clear the ball from danger and block shots.
  • Arsenal’s fullbacks’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), cross the ball multiple times during a match (with the intent of providing assists), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s central midfielders’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through accurate passing, multiple long range passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s attacking midfielders’ primary aims are to provide assists, score goals, create goal scoring opportunities through multiple key passes, multiple through passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s strikers’ primary aims are to score goals, and record multiple shots and successful aerial duels per match.

N.B. the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full back, and centre backs; the ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s centre midfielders; and the ‘attacking block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

The findings of the aforementioned analysis, provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 11 players make up Arsenal’s most productive team.

Internal player rankings

Following Round 19 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:

Goalkeeper:

Goalkeeper

Right fullback:

Right Fullback

Centre back:

Centre back

Left fullback:

Left Fullback

Centre midfield:

Centre Midfield

Attacking midfield:

Attacking Midfield

Striker:

Striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Monreal, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Holding and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 21 clash versus Fulham, would appear to be as follows:

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Arsenal Analysis: Round 19 player analysis and Round 20 team selection

Following each round of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

In assessing the respective players on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.  Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:

  • To stretch the game vertically, by creating generous spacing between their defensive, midfield and attacking blocks, and taking risks with their forward passing, so as to allow for quick forward transitions, and space in behind the opposition’s defence.
  • Arsenal’s goalkeeper’s primary aims are to stop shots and claim crosses.
  • Arsenal’s centre backs’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), win aerial duels, clear the ball from danger and block shots.
  • Arsenal’s fullbacks’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), cross the ball multiple times during a match (with the intent of providing assists), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s central midfielders’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through accurate passing, multiple long range passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s attacking midfielders’ primary aims are to provide assists, score goals, create goal scoring opportunities through multiple key passes, multiple through passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s strikers’ primary aims are to score goals, and record multiple shots and successful aerial duels per match.

N.B. the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full back, and centre backs; the ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s centre midfielders; and the ‘attacking block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

The findings of the aforementioned analysis, provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 11 players make up Arsenal’s most productive team.

 

Internal player rankings

Following Round 19 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:

Goalkeeper:

Goalkeeper

Right fullback:

Right Fullback

Centre back:

Centre back

Left fullback:

Left Fullback

Centre midfield:

Centre Midfield

Attacking midfield:

Attacking Midfield

Striker:

Striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Mkhitaryan, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Holding and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 20 clash versus Liverpool, would appear to be as follows:

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Arsenal Analysis: Round 18 player analysis and Round 19 team selection

Following each round of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

In assessing the respective players on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.  Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:

  • To stretch the game vertically, by creating generous spacing between their defensive, midfield and attacking blocks, so as to allow for quick forward transitions, and space in behind the opposition’s defence.
  • Arsenal’s goalkeeper’s primary aims are to stop shots and claim crosses.
  • Arsenal’s centre backs’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), block shots and win aerial duels.
  • Arsenal’s fullbacks’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), cross the ball multiple times during a match (with the intent of providing assists), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s central midfielders’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through accurate passing, multiple long range passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s attacking midfielders’ primary aims are to provide assists, score goals, create goal scoring opportunities through multiple key passes, multiple through passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s strikers’ primary aims are to score goals, and record multiple shots and successful aerial duels per match.

Specifically:

  • the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full backs, and centre backs;
  • the ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s centre midfielders; and
  • the ‘attacking block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

The findings of the aforementioned analysis, provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 11 players make up Arsenal’s most productive team.

Internal player rankings

Following Round 18 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:

Goalkeeper:

Goalkeeper

Right fullback:

Right Fullback

Centre back:

Centre back

Left fullback:

Left Fullback

Centre midfield:

Centre Midfield

Attacking midfield:

Attacking Midfield

Striker:

Striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Mkhitaryan, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Holding and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 19 clash versus Brighton, would appear to be as follows:

Line up

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Arsenal Analysis: Round 17 player analysis and Round 18 team selection

Following each round of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

In assessing the respective players’ on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.  Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:

  • To stretch the game vertically, by creating generous spacing between their defensive, midfield and attacking blocks, so as to allow for quick forward transitions, and space in behind the opposition’s defence.
  • Arsenal’s goalkeeper’s primary aims are to stop shots and claim crosses.
  • Arsenal’s centre backs’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), block shots and win aerial duels.
  • Arsenal’s fullbacks primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), cross the ball multiple times during a match (with the intent of providing assists), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s central midfielders’ primary aims are to recover the ball from their opponent (tackles and interceptions), and contribute to the team’s offensive transitional play through accurate passing, multiple long range passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s attacking midfielders’ primary aims are to provide assists, score goals, create goal scoring opportunities through multiple key passes, multiple through passes, and multiple forward dribbles per match.
  • Arsenal’s strikers’ primary aims are to score goals, and record multiple shots and successful aerial duels per match.

Specifically:

  • the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full backs, and centre backs;
  • the ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s central midfielders; and
  • the ‘attacking block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

The findings provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 11 players make up Arsenal’s most productive team.

Internal player rankings

Following Round 17 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:

Goalkeeper:

Goalkeepers

Right Fullback:

Right Fullback

Centreback:

Centreback

Left Fullback:

Left Fullback

Centre Midfield:

Centre Midfield

Attacking Midfield:

Attacking Midfield

Striker:

Striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan, Mustafi, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Holding and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 18 clash versus Burnley, would appear to be as follows:

Lineup

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2018/2019 Squad Profile

With Arsenal’s 2018/2019 Premier League campaign in its infancy and the transfer window firmly shut until January 2019, it’s a good opportunity to take a closer look at the on field production of each player in Arsenal’s senior squad, using data from Whoscored.com. Doing so not only helps to develop a clearer understanding of the playing tendencies of each play, over their professional career, but the findings provide and invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition; and
  • which players, based on their productivity, should Arsenal focus on accommodating when determining their playing formation.

Player assessments and internal rankings

In assessing the respective players’ on field production and their comparative internal rankings, each player is allocated into seven positional categories.  Those positional categories consist of:

  • goalkeeper
  • right fullback
  • centre back
  • left fullback
  • centre midfield
  • attacking midfield
  • striker

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstone of the Arsenal’s tactical approach is to stretch the game vertically by creating generous spacing between their defensive, midfield and attacking blocks so as to allow for quick forward transitions and space in behind the opposition’s defence. Specifically the ‘defensive block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s goalkeeper, right and left full backs, and centre backs. The ‘midfield block’ is comprised of Arsenal’s central midfielders. While Arsenal’s attacking block is comprised of Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and strikers.

It is also noted that the goals and assists per season data detailed in the below player rankings reflects  the average number of goals or assists for the respective player in each season where the player has started at least 15 league games.

Goalkeeper:

Goalkeepers

Right Fullback:

Right Fullback

Centre Back:

Centreback

Left Fullback:

Left Fullback

Central Midfield:

Centre Midfield

Attacking Midfield:

Attacking midfield

Striker:

Striker

Formation and lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, Ozil, in an attacking midfield role, and Aubameyang and Lacazette, in striking roles, represent Arsenal’s three most productive attackers. Given this, and assuming that Arsenal’s tactical basis is to stretch the game vertically by creating generous spacing between their defensive block (goalkeeper, right and left full backs, centre backs), midfield block (central midfielders) and attacking block (attacking midfielders and strikers) so as to allow for quick forward transitions and space in behind the opposition’s defence, Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, which allows Ozil, Lacazette and Aubameyang to be deployed in their favoured positions, would appear to be as follows:

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