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Old 20-10-2007, 06:12 PM   #1
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Yeah... So Im a Liverpool supporter but I decided to start a game with Arsenal and found that the tactic I made for them didnt totally suck ass...

First season is completed... And heres a rundown of what happened...


As you can see... We started off the season reasonably well... Culminating in a hardfought 5-3 win against Manchester United... This was followed by three piss poor showings against Valencia and Newcastle and ending with Arsenal being dumped out of the League Cup by Preston. Due to my good win against United the fans thought the early exit out of the League Cup was abysmal but the United win still kept me in good stead and I was among the front runners for the Premiership at the time... We followed this up with a real purple patch of form... two 5-1 thumpings and barring a few random defeats. We kept a really steady ship trying to compete for the title.


That early horror loss to Blackburn didnt effect the teams confidence and we seemed to bounce back well. But I personally feel that that loss was the reason we didnt win the Premiership. Back on track afterwards and we were playing some marvellous football... Unfortunately when the Champions League returned... We sort of lost our way. Playing a relatively small squad of highly talented individuals started to take its toll. And a few injuries along with African Cup committments took Adebayor, Eboue and a midfielder out of actions(cant remember exactly who) but we marched on. Lost those few P'Ship games but put in a 1-0 victory over Madrid at home and went to the Bernabeu and won 2-1... Got revenge on Sunderland after being beaten by them in the Premiership with a big win in the FA Cup. 3 losses in a row immediately preceeding the Champions League QuarterFinals derailed our Premiership season... We really couldnt find the back of the net at that point despite our very swank attacking unit. And we were low on confidence coming into the first leg tie against Barcelona... But we picked up and came away with a 2-0 victory at the Nou Camp...


Ehh... Knocked out of the FA Cup final... Everton does us in for the second time in three weeks. Low on form AGAIN we take on Barcelona and in arguably the game of the season we go into halftime with a 2-0 lead. By the 57th minute... The score is 3-2 Barcelona... And everytime the highlights come on its a Barca goal. Changes need to be made... On comes Senderos and Hleb and we pull the score back to 3-3, Barcelona scores again to take a 4-3 lead and bring on the most tense last 25 minutes to a game this season... The game is of course wrapped up in the 83rd minute by Theo Walcott scoring his only hat trick this season... 4-4 and a 6-4 aggregate sees us through. A draw following the Champions League Heroics against Chelski practically rules us out of the title race(unless they mistep)... So all hands to the Champions League semi Finals(of note is that it was an all English Champions League by the semi finals Arsenal v Man U on one side of the draw... Liverpool v Chelski on the other) A 1-1 draw at home puts pressure on us to win at the Theatre of dreams... Meanwhile with 2 games remaining Eboue gives the team an inspirational "lets play our hearts out message" to give us the best possible chance to still win the premiership. Despite not losing a game until the final round. It isnt enough as Chelski have the title by the 37th game. Back to the second leg against United and after going up 1-0 before the half... Man U pulled it back in the second before a late strike before Fulltime gave United no chance to get through and Arsenal were through to there second ever Champions League final in 3 years...(second in history too)... Against Chelski... An Adebayor strike and Jens Lehman having a heroic game at GK gave Arsenal there first Champions League victory EVER... And ended the season on a high note...

Overall I think we played well for significant patches but because of the thinness of the squad... We lost a fair few games when injuries and International Committments took there toll.

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There's actually a story to that obscene transfer fee for Mancini... After creating a tactic specifically for this Arsenal team. I knew I had the players to go into the season. I didnt really need to make any signings as I had two for each position(roughly... Sue me Im like Rafa)... I had a few early inquiries for Tomas Rosicky. Having looked at his worth I made the decision that if I could get roughly 22 Million for him. I would take it. So I told the teams asking what I wanted and was thusly rejected... I also made the decision that I could deal a deathly blow to United and improve my team immeasurably if i somehow secured the services of Christiano Ronaldo. A $68,000,000 offer rejected and I gave up... But with three days left in the transfer window... There was again suspected interest from Sevilla for Rosicky... They inquired and I gave them the 22,000,000 mark to which they responded almost INSTANTLY. So here I am three days until the transfer window closes and I now NEED to replace Rosicky... I scoured the market for a player to play on the wing and move the ball forward into the box... And Mancini's name sprung up. I knew it was going to cost me a mint to get this transfer through in the space of 3 days... So 28,000,000 up front and 12,000,000 after playing 50 games and we get the transfer through just in the nick of time and to a rousing reception from the Arsenal faithful... Got a 9,500,000 offer for Clichy and decided that was too good to pass up(45% sell on clause too)... Realised that despite Traore not really being as good as Clichy... My defence sucked anyway and Traore needs to be starting sooner rather then later. Went to the transfer list though to sign some insurance in the form of Moha... Also copped an offer for Flamini who was wasting away in the reserves and I tried to offload Aluminia to Middlesbrough on a 2,000,000 deal but he didnt like there wage offer... So a loan until the end of the season will have to do... Other then that. Nothing significant happened transfer wise.

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Also the tactic I used for this season...
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Old 21-10-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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Old 22-10-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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1/3 of the way through the second season and we have started the season like an absolute bat out of hell...





As you can see we went on a pretty long undefeated streak early in the season... A recent loss to Wigan broke it up but we bounced back well with our latest win...


Lulinha has been a revelation... Hes come in and made an immediate impact. I think the front three treble of Fabregas, Lulinha and Vela will be great for years to come. Sorin was brought in because LB was a particularly weak area of the team at the start of the year and it couldnt hurt to bring someone in who so Traore wasnt playing every game

Eboue was sold because Sagna started practically the whole season last year and Eboue was getting shitty sitting on the bench. 9.25 mill seemed like a good deal. Now Senderos I have never rated and he simply COULD NOT stay fit last season... Again 8 million seemed a good price and if i needed a backup defender. I had Djorou returning from loan for this season.

Bendtner played a fair few games last season but with Vela coming back from his loan. I decided I needed to see what he could do... I put Nikki on the loan list and only accepted offers which guaranteed that he would be apart of there first team setup.

Hoyte I just offered out under the same setup. If he returns from his loan at the end of this year and looks like he can compete with Sagna for that RB spot. I might keep him round.



As you can see... Im keeping a reasonably big squad around the farm now. I am trying to loan out a few players... But may have to wait until January to get a bite.

If anyone wishes to see any players or any of that jazz... Give me a bell.
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Old 22-10-2007, 04:43 PM   #4
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2/3 of the way through the season and it is shaping up to be a big year for the Gunners... Right after we returned to action from the 1/3 break... Our results slowed down but again... Picked up later on... And right now we are sitting pretty clear at the top of the P'Ship...



A few FA Cup replays will take its toll on the teams fitness. Especially considering the players I have sent out on loan. Might be forced to bring a few back early... The big problem is the loss to Sevilla in the first Knockout Round of the Champions League... Hopefully Fortress Emirates will bring us a 2 goal win... And move us onto the next leg




As you can see... I decided to make a few changes during the transfer window. That young German defender had a $1,00,000 bid accepted from Real Madrid so i decided to get in on that... Hes the one who was dumb as a fencepost but hopefully with a few years of tutelage he might be oxlike... I also sent out my reserves side on loan. We were coming sixth in the Reserve League so why keep them there. Better to send them to my newly affiliated club Crystal Palace and help them with there promotion chances.

I started to get a few bids for Marc Randall... And I wasnt really happy about letting him go. But didnt want to keep him at the club when he wasnt a shot at making the first team within three years anyway. So i decided to accept the offer from Palace that way I am guaranteed of first option anyway...



And finally... As you can see we have cut down the first team squad by a few places... Hopefully it doesnt impact us severely even despite the fact that we are still quite alive in the FA Cup, Champions League and need to maintain pressure in the P'ship...



Anyways... Onwards and upwards.
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Just reached January 1st season (how do you buggers go through seasons so quickly?) and I'm top, but in a bit of a rut form wise. I'm scraping through games and it's just lucky I'm playing the bottom half at the moment.



Pretty nice table there, I've beaten United and Liverpool at home and lost to Chelsea away. I've only bought Luka Modric (godlike performances justify this) and Mickey Owen. Owen hasn't performed nearly as well as I'd hoped and Adebayor is still sulking about it. I'm playing a very attacking 4-5-1 basically with 4 AMFs and am generally leaving him out these days. Jens Lehmann can't get a game due to the outstanding form of Manuel Almunia and I've qualified for the knockoutstages of the CL with full points. Out of the LC at R4 wasn't great though.

I'm going to be looking at GKs over this and the next transfer windows. Lehmann is getting on and I've had a few offers for him. Fabianski's inexperienced and I don't trust Almunia's stats. Sunderland are categorically going down so I may have a go for Craig Gordon but any suggestions would be welcome.

Is Fabianski any good?
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Fabs has now fully displaced Lehman in my second season... I started giving him the easier matches last year(as you can tell by the amount of games he started...) He was still second choice this season but now with the season only 8 games from completion he is my Numero Uno... And As you can tell. We are not letting in as many goals as we did last year. And we havent really bought in any defensive improvements since last year.

How do you not play Adebayor. As a lone striker in my formation. He never stops putting the ball in the net. A far cry from his FM07 version...
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How do you not play Adebayor. As a lone striker in my formation. He never stops putting the ball in the net. A far cry from his FM07 version...
Exactly how I play him and he's knocking them in for fun. I'm not playing Owen who is now my biggest flop ever. I never buy big names but I went on FM07 evidence of Adebayor and was proved wrong. RVP hasn't played up top since the 3rd game of the season and he's still my top scorer from AMC/L. RVP has 16 goals, Ade has 15 and Fabregas has 8. If one of the big two gets injured I'm fucked.

I've just lost to West Ham after a taxing December so I'm going to rest both of them against Crewe. Chelsea at home next week could prove a big game. Win and they're out of the race pretty much.
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Hey guys... Im following this thread with some interest - Not necessarily because I wanna go Arsenal but I like the use of your many screenshots.

Threads always seem more informative when there are screenshots and not just a 1000 word essay at the end of each season. (For example - FM07 Spanish Thread was pouring down with them for a while)

Subsequently - Im liking the look of your seasons and when my game finally arrives I may even consider joining this thread.

P.S Costy - where did you get your logos from? Do you have the kits aswell??
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Try Sourtitoutsi, I think that's where I got mine from. You'll have to register but they have pretty much all the logo packs done already. I've only bothered downloading Premiership and Bundesleiga ones. I've got facepacks as well, but I couldn't find any kitpacks for FM08. They may be up now but I'm not overly fussed tbh.
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The 08-09 Season has come to a close...So with more results then you can poke a stick at... I return to deliver all sorts of juicy info...

First things first... FORM. After that Sevilla game. We came back with a win and some back and forth results(luckily I had done all the hard work in the P'ship at the start of the season)We went on a semi win streak after getting knocked out of the FA Cup in the 6th round by Chelski...(Very dissapointing)... But we backed up well in the Champions League and wiped the floor with Bayern Munich which set up the Champions League Final rematch against Chelski from last season... Same result... Different scorer but we run out TWO TIME Champions League Winners... The 0-0 draw against Birmingham also secured the P'Ship with four games remaining...



As you can see... We maintained our 10 point lead from the 2/3 point onwards and only really gave games away after the title was secured and we were looking to the CL Final... Though we honestly went for broke in the last week trying to knock up 90 points... Alas we werent good enough on the day(Game also sealed Jens Lehman's fate)






Now with that out of the way... Here is the full squad of players who got gametime in a meaningful game this year in an Arsenal jersey(only one thing of note... Song played like 3 games for Arsenal. Most of those appearances came at Palace where he was on loan.)

And finally all the awards we won in the P'Ship for this season(I also got manager of the year)... Will update when Champions League awards come out...




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Old 05-11-2007, 04:29 AM   #12
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nice read here. i decided to try an arsenal campaign, and after getting sacked twice, ive decided to not try and liquidate certain players.

im using your tactics, and i like them. they work really well.

just reached the trade deadline, and instead of madly selling players, i sat back and actually didnt sell any.


tomi ameobi is an experiment. his stats are pretty decent, but he gets 1 star. im going to try and see if with the proper training he can develop into a decent player that i can sell for money later.

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and at the end of the first, undefeated month, adebayor has 8 goals, 1 assist, 2 MoM, and 7.67 rating, in 4 games. somehow he didnt get player of the month.
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im about 1/3 way through my first season with the gooners, my second team of choice due to the brilliant style of football IRL. everyone knows the squad is already immense. whacked the transfer budget up to £46 mill, sold adebayor (can be doing with a "15 guy") and brought in adrian mutu. what a signing, best player in the team, although cesc a close second and spent some other money on youth - menez, saivet, dalla valle, aaritalo, le tallec, breno, alex, wijnaldum, lulinha etc

Also, for the first time in my FM life, i decided to play a slow passing game rather than my usual quick direct to a target man and play off him. it has worked well and i am unbeaten in the league after 14 games ( W12 D2 L0 )with best attack and best defence, champion league lost one game against roma away but should still qualify. all round really enjoyin this game and with all the quality youth can see it going a lot further

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As usual, I've been managing Arsenal. I'm currently in January of my first season, since I've short on free time at the minute.

Playing a short passing 442 as you'd expect with the talent available. The squad needs little alteration and most of my business has been outward - Real Madrid courted Rosicky for most of the summer before signing him for £17m, and he was joined on the way out by Abou Diaby (£5m, Sevilla) and Alex Song (£2.5m, Newcastle). Would have liked to have kept Diaby but he wasn't really going to be playing a lot.

Selling Rosicky meant we were short on a left winger, so I picked up Juanfran from Osasuna for £6.75m, and Iago from Barca for £5m. I'm also retraining Armand Traore to play left wing if need be.

We're currently sat 3rd in the league but have a game in the hand over United and Chelsea above us, and can go top if we win it. Most impressive players so far have been Adebayor, Eduardo and Bendtner who have all scored more than I had anticipated.

Easily qualified from our Champion's League group, in the League Cup Semis and beat Brighton 4-0 in the FA Cup 3rd round. Season looks promising, especially as we're unbeaten so far.
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Sorry I havent updated this in a while. The PC with the save game has turned into a puddle of shit... I have a save game on the laptop but its actually a few months before the end of the second or third season...

I do know that I had started my latest season SHOCKINGLY bad... Cant pinpoint the loss of form exactly.

allcaps... Could you show me what your defensive stats are like for the team. Because although my attack normally is immense. I couldnt defend anything.
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Arsenal are piss easy to manage. You dont even need to bring anyone in. How anyone can struggle with this team I do not know.

Up until 2011 I was managing Notts County, got them in PL and Arsenal offered me a contract mid-season. Ive accepted, accepted ridiculous offers (35 mil for Denilson - 30 mil for Walcott) and bought in ( Naldo 9 mil - Van Der Vaart - 15mil - Ochoa - 9 mil - Okaka free - Bojan Free) Its all too easy.
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Arsenal are piss easy to manage. You dont even need to bring anyone in. How anyone can struggle with this team I do not know.

Up until 2011 I was managing Notts County, got them in PL and Arsenal offered me a contract mid-season. Ive accepted, accepted ridiculous offers (35 mil for Denilson - 30 mil for Walcott) and bought in ( Naldo 9 mil - Van Der Vaart - 15mil - Ochoa - 9 mil - Okaka free - Bojan Free) Its all too easy.

I agree. Anyone asking for help with the gunners should have the game taken off them.
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After February we're still 2 points off the lead, but with that game in hand. And, we're still undefeated - don't think we'll manage to go the whole season though, as we've had a few scares because of injuries to most of the defence.

Won the League Cup, beating Liverpool in the final, and we've got Schalke in the First KO Round of the Champion's League. Swindon gave us a minor scare in the FA Cup, taking the lead, before we rolled them over.

I'm taking a break from Arsenal now as I was only doing it to ease myself into this version of FM. Will come back to it at a later date.
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Sorry for this excessive writing but I'm at work and havent got my game available. Read it if you can be arsed.... I'll try to follow up with screenies of my future achievments.

On every FM version that comes out I always start my first game with Arsenal before normally moving on to Pompey (who I do support) and beyond.
I'm quite enjoying being Wengers successor though at the moment (how couldn't you...? The man has built an entire squad of wonderkids..) so I figured I'd join this thread to share some. I'm currently in my third season so I'll do a short summary:

First season I got Marcelo and Belluschi as I wanted faster wingers for my 4-4-2 i play. Bad start but eventually won the league after solving my scroing problems in january by desperately offloading Rosicky and Adebayor and some dead wood for peanut money to be able to activate Sergio Agueros release clause.

He did the trick for me and after a very strong spring I managed to win the league, but got knocked out the CL and other competitions

Second season was about fitting in all the various players returning from loans here and there . Decided I'd give bendtner a shot and loaned eduardo (who by then was listed already), vela, djourou, walcott and song.
sold eboue and got daniel alves who I rotate with Sagna, and in January pulled off an expensive move to sign David Silva. Even though Bendtner was lethal and scored nearly 40 that season i only won the FA-cup. Knocked out the semis of the CL and finished 2nd in the league after a superb chelski side

I have just started the third season and Aguero and Bendtner are doing the job for me, allthough I do dominate games and sometimes still fail to win I have started well anyway. RVP wants a new challange which is a pity but still he's only 3rd choice after Bentner aguero and vela (I'm drooling over my fellow swede at Inter but understandably they won't let him go for all the money in the world...). Question is what will be with Walcott when he returns from his current Blackburn loan..

Current 1st line-up is:
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Remarquably I had at one point 10 Wonderkids in my squad:
Vela, Wallcott, Djourou, Breno, Marcelo, Aguero, Song, Denilson, Fabregas and Bentner. Later Traore became one as well before I sold him to Barca, where he btw got a salary of 94k. Not bad for a 19-year-old kid!

More to come, if my adventures are remotely interesting to fellow Arsenal managers.
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