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:
The findings of the aforementioned analysis, provide an invaluable insight as to:
Internal player rankings
Following Round 1 of the Premier League, the player rankings are as follows:
Formation and line-up
While the above analytical comparison is a critical tool in which to base team selection on as the season progresses, as Arsenal’s Premier League campaign is only in its infancy, basing team selection at this stage of the season on the collated 2019/2020 Squad Profile data is more sound.
In light of that, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis, and with Xhaka, Bellerin, Holding, Mavropanos and Tierney nursing injuries, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 2 clash versus Burnley, would appear to be as follows: