Squad assessment in 140 characters or less (ish) – 2021 | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog


I seen that I didn’t do the normal squad evaluation put up final yr, I assume due to how we didn’t have a correct season-end. I additionally didn’t do it in 2019, perhaps due to how late the season ended with Baku and all that.

It’s again now although, child!

I’m utilizing the grading system now we have in class the place A is the very best, clearly; D is a passing grade; and something beneath {that a} fail. I’m attempting to mix their performances with their general affect, and the way the season went for them.

Their marks are particular person, primarily based on expectations of them, reasonably than comparable with teammates.

And ultimately there’s no proper or incorrect, these are subjective rankings. Don’t get personally offended by them.

Gamers who left the membership, Mesut Ozil, Shokdran Mustafi, Sokratis and so forth, will not be rated, as a result of we don’t charge gamers from different golf equipment and a few of them mainly didn’t play anyway.


Bernd Leno: Most likely had his most troublesome season, partly as a result of he wasn’t Emi Martinez and partly as a result of he made a few excessive profile errors. I nonetheless assume he’s a great distance from the least of our issues although, and did make good saves. C+.

Alex Runarsson: An emergency signing on the finish of the window to supply cowl after Martinez left, however there was an excellent cause why he was quantity 2 at Djion, and he failed to chop the mustard with us. I anticipate him to go away in the summertime. F.

Mat Ryan: Didn’t play lots however did advantageous when he did. Can be attention-grabbing to see if he’s executed sufficient for the membership to make his deal everlasting, could be a strong quantity 2. B.


Hector Bellerin: It looks like his time has come. In a current interview he spoke in regards to the bodily and psychological impression of his accidents, and perhaps a recent begin is what he wants. Not as dangerous as some stated, however nowhere close to his finest. A disgrace, if he’s to go, he didn’t get the sort of send-off his service deserves. D.

Cedric: His versatility was trumpeted as a cause for his arrival, however by the top of the season fell means down the pecking order in each positions. With a smaller, extra compact squad wanted subsequent season, we should always do as a lot as we are able to to let him go, he’s simply not wanted. D.

Calum Chambers: A little bit of a shock bundle, and he has probably earned himself a brand new contract. If we’re available in the market for a brand new proper again, he’d be strong back-up in addition to centre-half cowl. B.

Rob Holding: 30 Premier League look this season, his most in any marketing campaign thus far, and a brand new contract. He is an efficient backs-to-the-wall defender, however questions stay over his distribution and occasional lapses of focus. C+.

Gabriel: I feel his first season in English soccer went fairly effectively. There’s nonetheless some rawness there, particularly when he’s on the ball with an excessive amount of time to assume, however he’s nonetheless fairly younger for a centre-half and that stuff could be labored on. B.

David Luiz: His passing vary is superior to just about each different defender now we have, however the choice for him to go on the finish of the season is the precise one. Time waits for no woolly haired man. C+.

Pablo Mari: Calm, assured, has some presence, however I feel there are moments when he’s a bit rabbit in headlights, notably when somebody is working straight on the defence. Stable back-up possibility for me. C+.

Kieran Tierney: Accidents hit him once more this season, however given we had no cowl to talk of for the whole marketing campaign, you need to surprise if we overworked him. At his finest a massively vital a part of this crew, who brings high quality and character in abundance. B+.


Granit Xhaka: He had two moments of maximum dumbness, each of them towards Burnley, and each of them have been actually expensive. Other than that although, most likely our most constant central midfielder who ought to have stayed in midfield and never been used as a left-back. B-.

Dani Ceballos: I can perceive why we did the second season on mortgage, nevertheless it didn’t work out in addition to anybody would have hoped. Goes again to Actual Madrid with a pleasant farewell to the followers, however he fell out of the Spain squad for the Euros and possibly must take inventory of the place he’s and what occurs subsequent. D.

Bukayo Saka: At instances completely good, he helped us out of that darkish interval of in November/December, and completed with 7 objectives and 9 assists. For me our participant of the season. He was performed all around the park too, and maybe one of many jobs this summer time is to assume the place precisely he’s going to settle when it comes to a place. A.

Martin Odegaard: His mortgage spell began brightly, and that efficiency towards West Ham was very good. Received an damage on worldwide responsibility which actually had an impression, however completed strongly. I like what I noticed although, and I think Mikel Arteta will do every little thing attainable to convey him in on a everlasting deal. B.

Mohamed Elneny: A really Elneny season, strong and protected for essentially the most half, however with a few spectacular objectives. The last word squad participant, and for somebody who seemed like that they had no future on the membership, 41 appearances was a wholesome return. C+.

Thomas Partey: We noticed glimpses of the standard however by no means persistently. He was beset by damage and, probably, poor administration of these accidents. A irritating first season for him, however there was sufficient there to see how it may be a lot better subsequent time round. C.

Emile Smith Rowe: Made an enormous contribution for somebody who barely performed till Christmas due to damage and non-selection at instances. His fashion is simply so optimistic. 100% a constructing block for the long run, get him signed as much as a brand new deal, give him a correct quantity, and let’s see him develop once more subsequent season. B+.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The captain fell effectively beneath his common requirements, for numerous causes, and by no means actually seemed as sharp as he wanted to be. Simply 15 objectives in complete, solely 10 within the league, he wants a very good summer time to refresh forward of subsequent season. D.

Alexandre Lacazette: Completed as our main scorer with 17 in all competitions, however that’s about what he’s received in most different seasons. With one yr left on his deal, it’s time to money in on a participant who price £50m and by no means did any greater than Olivier Giroud. Let’s look to the long run. B-.

Nicolas Pepe: Received 16 objectives ultimately, regardless of not taking part in as a lot as he ought to have within the first a part of the season. While you’re being stored out of the crew by a participant who’s contributing nothing, it should be irritating (maybe that was a part of that Leeds purple card), however completed strongly, and in addition added 5 assists. B+.

Eddie Nketiah: Performed a bit in the course of the first half of the season, barely featured within the second. Has had probabilities to stake a declare to an extended keep nevertheless it looks like this summer time could be the precise time for him to maneuver on – particularly given his contractual scenario. D+.

Gabriel Martinelli: It’s a tough one to gauge due to accidents, and the sense that Mikel Arteta has, at instances, appeared to carry him again this season. Simply 2 objectives and a couple of assists in 23 appearances, however he’s able to extra. Hopefully he’s given extra taking part in time subsequent season. D+.

Willian: Unquestionably the flop of the season. He has been a horrible signing even when he ends with extra assists than anybody else. For everybody’s sake, now we have to maneuver heaven and earth to shift him some place else … anyplace else … in the course of the summer time. F.

Reiss Nelson: A wasted season wherein he eschewed a summer time mortgage transfer to struggle for a spot. Maybe admirable, however in the end he’s misplaced a whole season of growth. Barely performed, and his place within the pecking order tells us that, on the very least, a mortgage someplace subsequent season is what has to occur subsequent. F.

Flo Balogun: No score, however will get a point out as a result of he scored a few objectives and signed a brand new deal, which is promising for the long run.

Mortgage gamers

I’m not going to charge them, however only a fast few phrases on their futures.

Joe Willock: His spell at Newcastle couldn’t have gone higher, and actually offers the membership one thing to consider this summer time. Will we need to use his expertise a goalscoring midfielder, or money in when his inventory has gone via the roof? Powerful one for me.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Did advantageous at West Brom, however continued confusion about the place he needs to play means his future is unsure. Now he needs to be a midfielder, not way back he wished to be a winger, and I feel he genuinely missed an opportunity to stake a declare to be our proper again for years to return. I think we’ll promote.

Matteo Guendouzi: Huffed and puffed for a Hertha Berlin aspect who flirted with relegation. With only one yr left on his contract I don’t see an extension being supplied, so the one possibility is promote. Linked closely with a transfer to Marseille, so will probably be attention-grabbing to see who is available in for him, and at what value.

Lucas Torreira: Received La Liga with Atletico Madrid, however actually didn’t play as a lot as you may anticipate. Skilled traumatic private points in the course of the season, and I don’t assume London is the place he needs to be. Will depart.

Sead Kolasinac: Relegated with Schalke, and it informed you lots about how he was considered that he was allowed depart regardless of being the one cowl for Tierney. Promote, promote, promote.

William Saliba: Did effectively at Good, there are nonetheless elements of his sport which want work, however that’s true of all 20 yr previous central defenders. It’s incumbent on the supervisor and his workers to do this with a £28m asset subsequent season.

Dinos Mavropanos: Regardless of a very good spell at Stuttgart, it seems as he’s surplus to necessities with us (as per Chris Wheatley on the Arsecast final week). Is a bit damage susceptible, but when it have been me and we have been promoting, I feel I’d search for a clause giving us first possibility simply in case he actually develops.

Okay, that’s it. Please be happy to make use of the Arses (the remark system) to debate and disagree, you may depart your individual rankings, inform me I’m deluded and incorrect and all the remainder.

For now, I’ll depart you with a model new Arsecast Further recorded final evening, chatting in regards to the Brighton sport, the top of the season, and plenty extra.

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