They are not good enough and they need to be upgraded on.
Xhaka will give you a few 7s maybe an 8 and then literally lose us a game. Lacazette will score few and disappear when we need him most. Luiz is the same as Xhaka. Bellerin just does enough to be a 6, but will always let you down on a final ball, or build up, or any sort of combination. Cedric got bailed out massively BY martinelli and the fact that Rashford is standing in our box with tap ins while playing as a right winger should be a massive red flag. Willian is just crap.
We need to get rid of these players and stop holding to the good moments when they give us so many bad ones.
The squad profile graphics show the minutes and age of each player to feature in the Premier League this season. The start of each player’s line indicates the age they joined the club, so, the longer the line, the longer they have been at the club. The white dots are players who were there before the summer, while red dots indicate players new to the squad.
And before you read on, here’s a handy glossary to explain some key terms:
Weighted average age: share of team’s total minutes played by each player, multiplied by their age. Then an average is taken from those used in the squad
Peak: players aged between 24 and 29
Youth: players under the age of 24 at the start of 2020-21
Experienced: players aged over 29
Regulars: players to have played more than 80% of minutes available
Rotation: players to have played between 50 and 80 per cent of minutes available
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal very much looks like a team that is in the midst of a long-term rebuild. Having fielded ten “youth” players (under 24), 14 “peak” players (24 to 29) and three “experienced” players (over 29).
Arsenal’s starting XI has been anchored this season by Rob Holding overcoming the injuries that have held him back in the past. To his right, Hector Bellerin has also played plenty of minutes, already surpassing his totals for 2018-19 and 2019-20. Bernd Leno was an ever-present, until he decided to play volleyball against Wolves. While Bukayo Saka’s position on the pitch may not be overly consistent, he too has featured heavily for Arsenal this season.
Killer stat: The last time Arsenal fielded this few players aged 30 and over was in 2014-15, when Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta himself featured for the club.
Tbe full article goes through every club in the league. Was surprised to see we’ve only fielded 3 players over 29.
Before questions arise: Smith Rowe plays very high up and loads of his passes are automatically backwards. The graph is actually plenty positive on him, showing that he’s a comparativley secure passer while under massive pressure.
X-axis: Amount of turnovers per ninety. Note that the numbering goes from right to left. The further left the more passes lead to turnovers.
Y-axis: Progressive balls played per 90.
Dot color: The percentage of passes played under pressure per 90. Red: More Pressure Green: No pressure.
Thiago for example comes off amazing on that chart on first sight, but he has all the time in the world on the ball. Not a good look tbh, considering you’d expect a Thiago to exploit that more.
Edit: Fun observation: Wijnaldum playing like Elneny this season.
Note: You can open large versions of each image in a new tab by clicking. Arsenal played Wolves at the beginning of February – gave away a penalty that saw David Luiz sent off, and threw away 3 points due to an individual error. Between that fixture and yesterday’s North London Derby, The...