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.
- Arsenal the most penalised by refs among the current top four teams
- Mykhaylo Mudryk now listed in 17 different articles as coming to Arsenal!
- Arsenal attacking problems… what attacking problems?
- Men’s football returns at last: Arsenal in action this afternoon
- Is the injury to Gabriel Jesus equivalent to the assault on Eduardo in 2008?