With Arsenal’s 2020/2021 Premier League campaign underway, and the summer transfer window having just closed, it’s an opportune time to examine the on-field production of each player in Arsenal’s senior squad, and the player market, in order to identify Arsenal’s best starting 11 in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
In assessing the on-field production and the comparative ranking of each player which comprise Arsenal’s senior squad, 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 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) in Europe’s top 5 leagues or the Championship, was considered. Where a player has not met that criteria, their productivity data was not assessed.
The KPI data considered for each positional group is based on the assumption that Arsenal adopt a 3-4-2-1 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, and Arsenal’s aforementioned tactical basis and minimum required KPIs, the 11 players which it is suggested should comprise Arsenal’s starting 11 in a high pressing, wide overloading 3-4-2-1 formation would appear to be as follows: