Following each season of the Premier League, each Arsenal player’s career-to-date performances are analysed and ranked against their internal competition.
In assessing the on-field production and the comparative ranking of each player which comprise Arsenal’s senior squad, each player is allocated into five 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 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 met that criteria, 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 Arsenal adopt a 3-5-1-1 formation and 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
The player rankings by position are as follows:
Formation and line-up
Based on the above analytical comparison, Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis and minimum required KPIs, and with Mustafi, Chambers, Mari, Luiz, Sokratis, Emile-Smith Rowe, and Martinelli recovering from injuries, the 11 players which comprise Arsenal’s most productive starting 11, for their round 1 clash versus Fulham, would appear to be as follows: