Arsenal’s best players this season: statistics and where they go wrong
By Tony Attwood
The Whoscored website is one of those that can be a bit confusing – in that it pours out stats, puts players in different colours, and then expects you do know what it all means. I must be rather slow because I don’t quite get it all.
But they do produce a score for each player based on the games they have played this season. Which is interesting, but it can be a bit misleading, since if you have only played two games and they have been great you are going to get a high rating which a player who has played 20 might not get, because everyone has the occasional problem day.
What’s more, anyone who missed Monaco at home is likely to get a lift up the table, simply through not being there, so again, no matter how good their ratings are, the underlying statistical basis of what they are doing might be questionable.
But still, it has some interesting bits and pieces in it, and reaches various conclusions, like the fact that Ramsey isn’t good enough for the team. Which I don’t agree with – not least because I think these days one needs to pick a team to play this particular opposition.
The web site also likes Theo Walcott, but again that is warped by the small number of games he has played.
But still, its only a mechanical device, so as long as we treat it as that, it doesn’t matter too much. Here are their “findings” (or if you wish, “numbers picked up without taking note of how players with fewer games can benefit”).
Results are out of ten.
David Ospina – 7.40
Which is better than Szczesny who had got 6.46 by the time he decided to visit the beach.
Nacho Monreal – 7.35.
Gibbs at 7.04 is not a poor option, but Monreal has looked impressive of late. And better than both the Liverpool full backs who get 6.46 each.
Gabriel Paulista – 7.46.
This is of course one of the daft ones because he has played so little. Mertersacker scores 7.07, which is not at all bad, and certain better than Liverpool’s Allen on 6.77
Laurent Koscielny – 7.37.
I think we all know that. Wenger called him his best value for money player. Calum Chambers is on 7.05
Mathieu Debuchy – 7.25.
I can’t see him starting against Liverpool as all he has had so far is a half match warm up against Brentford. And Hector Bellerin is only fractionally behind on 7.21. Give Debuchy a week or two and he’ll be there.
Mesut Ozil – 7.56.
Of course. While those who speak Gibberish know otherwise those of us who watch know what we see.
Francis Coquelin – 7.53.
Spotted by Untold when he first turned up… well you know all that because we mention it every week. He’s aided by a limited number of games too. But the numbers the web site comes up with for the other possibles for that spot are interesting: Mathieu Flamini (6.78); Mikel Arteta (6.73) .
Santi Cazorla – 7.65
What is interesting is that looked at just by numbers not only does Ramsey not make it but nor does the Ox, (7.20) nor, Tomas Rosicky (6.73) nor Jack Wilshere (6.69). Ramsey is on 7.02
Danny Welbeck – 7.30
He has indeed looked great when he has played, and he’s way ahead of Theo Walcott (6.42) who has taken much longer to get his form back than I expected. But then, what do I know?
Olivier Giroud – 7.46
Another “of course”. I still keep laughing about that funny web site that I found that was purported to be an Arsenal site, and kept on saying how you didn’t have to put forward any reasoning to say why you thought Wenger was a duff manager other than the word “Giroud”.
Alexis Sanchez – 7.84
Our number one but looking a trifle tired. Still he’s brilliant.
Just computer numbers, but still quite interesting. Top Liverpool player is Sterling on 7.36.