With Arsenal’s 2019/2020 Premier League campaign about to commence and the transfer window firmly shut until January 2020, 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 player, over their professional career, but the findings provide invaluable insight as to:
In assessing the on-field production and the comparative ranking of each player which comprise Arsenal’s senior squad, each player from that squad has been allocated into one of seven positional categories (with some players considered in multiple positional categories due to their notional versatility).
Those seven positional categories consist of:
Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category has then been considered, using data sourced from Whoscored.com.
To provide a realistic picture of each individual player’s on-field production, only data from those seasons, throughout the player’s professional career, where the player has started at least 15 league games in at least two seasons (consecutive or non-consecutive) was considered. Where a player has not, throughout their professional career, started at least 15 league games in at least two season (consecutive or non-consecutive), their productivity data was not assessed.
Different weightings were 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:
Player assessment and rankings
Formation and line-up
Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Bellerin, Holding, Mavropanos, Tierney, and Smith Rowe unavailable through injury, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 1 clash versus Newcastle, would appear to be as follows: