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 (with some players allocated to multiple positional categories due to their perceived versatility).
Those positional categories consist of:
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:
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:
Internal player rankings
Following Round 32 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:
Formation and line-up
Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Sokratis suspended, and Bellerin, Holding, Xhaka and Welbeck unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 33 clash versus Watford, would appear to be as follows: