Finding a Back-Up For Kieran Tierney — Using Data and Video Scouting

Kieran Tierney is key to Arsenal’s success, but has no clear back-up

Arsenal’s recent turnaround in form of late has corresponded with Kieran Tierney being moved from playing Left Centre-Back, a role he performed admirably in, to a more familiar role as a Left Back for the 23 year-old Scot. This return to a back 4 has coincided with Tierney exploding as a creative threat for the Gunners with the former Celtic man leading the way for Arsenal in terms of Chances Created from Open Play in the 2020/21 season so far.

This has undoubtedly been a major plus…


Arsenal continued their tribute to Murphy’s Law (Anything that can go wrong will go wrong), as Mikel Arteta’s men lost 2–1 to Everton at Goodison Park. It marks Arsenal’s 8th loss of the season after only 14 games which more games than we lost in the entire 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14 and 2012/13 league campaigns respectively (all 7 losses in 38 games). Arsenal sit 15th in the table and are as close to Sheffield United in 20th as we are to Everton in 4th, despite Sheffield United having failed to win a single game so far this season.

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Arsenal managed to avoid a 5th consecutive home defeat for the first time in the clubs history as Mikel Arteta’s men drew 1–1 with high-flying Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in yet another game in which Arsenal failed to finish with 11 men on the pitch as Arsenal’s ill-discipline continues.

It continues Arsenal’s run of red cards, with the Gunners having picked up more yellow cards (109) and red cards (8) than any other Premier League team in the last 2 seasons. …


Arsenal’s terrible start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign continued with an abject 1–0 defeat against a Burnley team that had only won 1 game in their first 10 Premier League games. It continues a worrying end to 2020 for Mikel Arteta, who looked like a managerial marvel when Arsenal triumphed in the FA Cup, but looks much more like a rookie manager in a tough job now.

Another red card (Arsenal’s 7th in the league under Arteta) sentenced Arsenal to another disappointing result and Granit Xhaka’s dismissal massively affected Arsenal’s chances of winning the game, which were looking quite…


Europa League side Dundalk FC managed to win back the FAI Cup from rivals and League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers after a 4–2 extra time win at the AVIVA Stadium. David McMillan, who deputised for the League of Ireland’s top scorer Patrick Hoban who missed out with an ankle injury, scored a hat-trick to help the Lilywhites overcome a Rovers team who had only lost to AC Milan in the Europa League qualifiers in an otherwise blemish free season.

I t has been a remarkable turnaround for Dundalk, who had looked to be falling into a terrible season before…


Arsenal became the first English team to win all 6 of their Europa League group games since 2013 as Mikel Arteta’s Gunners beat Irish cup winners Dundalk 4–2 in Dublin.

Arsenal overcome a terrible pitch (a cup final and an international Rugby game had taken place on the same pitch last weekend) and a resilient Dundalk side to make it another comfortable Europa League win.

Let’s take a look at the data to see if we can gain any more insight.

Arsenal dominated most of the game , with Dundalk’s best spell of the game coming after Arsenal had scored…


Arsenal fell to a 6th defeat from the opening 11 games of the season as Mikel Arteta’s Gunners succumbed to a 2–0 away defeat to their North London neighbours. It means Arsenal have gotten off to their worst start to a league campaign in 45 years.

Let’s delve into the data to see what went wrong.


Arsenal continued their 100% record in the Europa League group stages as a largely rotated side put Rapid Vienna to the sword in a dominant 4–1 victory in the first game in front of fans at the Emirates stadium since a 1–0 victory over West Ham in March.

It was another positive night in the Europa League, with Arsenal the joint second top scorers in the competition so far with only Bayer Leverkusen (17) having scored more goals than Arsenal’s 16.

Let’s take a look at the data to see if we can gain any more insight into the game.


Arsenal fell to a third consecutive home defeat as Mikel Arteta’s men succumbed to a 2–1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is another disappointing result for Arsenal who have slipped to their worst start to a league campaign since 1981–82. With the North London Derby next weekend against a top of the league Sp*rs team managed by J*se, Arteta really needs to turn around this teams fortunes if Arsenal are to have any hopes of an even remotely successful league campaign.

Let’s delve into the data to see if we can gain any more insight into another disappointing Sunday night…


Arsenal managed to escape with a point in a 0–0 draw away to Leeds United at Elland Road. Arsenal struggled to cope with Leeds’ intensity throughout and their task was not made any easier when Nicolas Pepe was sent-off for headbutting Ezgjan Alioski 5 miniutes into the second half. Mikel Arteta’s side were quite fortunate to escape with a point, as Leeds hit the woodwork on numerous occasions and Bernd Leno made a string of good saves to keep the scorelines level.

Let’s delve into the data to see if we can gain any insight into what was a tough…

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