Following Arsenal’s disappointing draw with Crystal Palace, attention now turns to Arsenal’s clash versus Aston Villa and which 11 available players make up Arsenal’s most productive team for the match.
To do this, we need to look at the on-field production and the comparative ranking of each player which comprises Arsenal’s senior squad, and Arsenal’s ideal tactical approach.
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 4-2-2-2 formation and the cornerstones of Arsenal’s tactical approach is as follows:
Internal player rankings
The player rankings by position are as follows:
Formation and line-up
the 11 players which it is suggested should comprise Arsenal’s starting 11, for their Round 9 Premier League clash vs Aston Villa would appear to be as follows: