It hasn’t been the ideal start to the Premier League season for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, with the Gunners sat bottom of the league after losing their opening three games.
Arsenal have had a busy summer transfer window that continued into deadline day, after the late acquisition of Japanese defender Takehiru Tomiyasu, along with the signings Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Aaron Ramsdale prior to the transfer deadline.
Arsenal spent the most out of any Premier League club this summer, whilst also confirming the departures of Joe Willock and Willian along with allowing plenty of players to leave on-loan including Hector Bellerin.
So, what would Arsenal’s 2021/22 season look like with the signings they have made?
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to update the database with the correct teams in the 2021/22 Premier League season, as well as placing a transfer embargo on all sides in the division so that their squads remained the same throughout the simulation.
Let’s take a look at the best XI put together by Football Manager 2021 at the end of the 2021/22 simulated season, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.
Arsenal’s full best XI: Leno; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey, Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Looking at Arsenal’s 2021/22 season statistics, Alexandre Lacazette was the club’s top scorer with 23 goals across all competitions, whilst Martin Odegaard registered the most assists with 11.
The Norwegian also recorded the highest average match rating across all competitions with a rating of 7.47, bettering both Lacazette and Aubameyang.
The midfield pairing of Xhaka and Partey proved fruitful for Arteta, with both players registering eight assists in the league from defensive midfield.
So how did Arsenal perform in the Premier League in our simulated season with their new additions in the squad?
Arsenal’s simulated Premier League 2021/22 season
This is how the Premier League table looked at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Despite their poor start, Arsenal recovered their season and finished fifth in the league as they qualified for the Europa League, only missing out on Champions League football by five points.
The Gunners finished the season with five consecutive wins as they improved their league position by three places in the table compared to last season, whilst also improving their goal difference by 10.
The addition of Odegaard into Arsenal’s attack improved their attacking output as the Gunners scored 13 more goals than last season, despite conceding three goals more compared to their 2020/21 campaign.
The simulation suggests that despite the addition of six new players into the squad, further improvements may be needed if Arsenal are going to break into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
How do you think Arteta’s Arsenal side will perform this season with their new additions? Let us know in the comments.
Source by Football London