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  1. 19.1 database? Really weird as he won't even consider an offer from me. Lining up Frenkie de Jong as his replacement if I can snatch him from under Spurs' nose. Already activated Benjamin Pavard's release clause and have snapped up Pavon from Boca on the cheap as well to offer some much-needed depth.
  2. Is that on the beta? When did he sign? He won't even enter contract talks for me.
  3. What's everyone doing with Ramsey? Offloading as soon as possible or holding onto him in the hope he reconsiders signing a contract?
  4. It's gotten to the point where I can't even play FM16 for fear of the long-term damage it is doing to my machine. What a joke.
  5. Agree with both posts here. Been a loyal fan for over a decade now and on this first year with a Mac it's been a nightmare. Virtually unplayable. My machine meets the system requirements yet still gets extremely hot when I play even on the lowest settings. So disappointed.
  6. Just started with Arsenal and see that winning the Premier League is the minimum expectation. Is this the same for everyone else?
  7. Reus starts the game with torn ankle ligaments so he failed his medical with me - how did you guys get him?
  8. Has anyone been able to land Reus? EDIT: Okay, so I just managed to get him to agree to a £150k p/w contract with a £35k appearance fee plus tons of other clauses. I'd normally not do this but it's Marco ****ing Reus!
  9. Great effort! Nearly finished pre-season and have bought in Morgan Schneiderlin and Virgil van Dijk so far - currently weighing up a bid for Memphis Depay as well...
  10. Just started a new game with Arsenal on the new patch and have noticed that whenever I play away from home, rather than the team using the away kit (the yellow one) we are always wearing the third kit instead (the purple one). Why is this? Has anyone else had this problem?
  11. September 14/09/13 - BPL - Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal - Cazorla (19, 35) 18/09/13 - UCL - Arsenal 4-1 Dinamo Tibilisi - Bartra (21, 46, pen 67), Oxlade-Chamberlain (78) 21/09/13 - BPL - Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal - Koscielny (12), Costa (42, 45+1) 24/09/13 - COC - West Bromwich Albion 1-1(p) Arsenal - Giroud (56) 28/09/13 - BPL - Arsenal 3-1 Newcastle United - Costa (10), Koscielny (37), Cazorla (76) --- The month started in the best possible way after picking up a hugely important 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. We rode our luck a bit and only notched 38% possession, but Santi Cazorla continued his fine form with a superb barce - one left footed strike after the ball fell lose from a corner and a superb right-footed free-kick from 25 yards out. I rotated heavily for the midweek clash against Dinamo Tibilisi and, as expected, we dispatched of them with relative ease in a 4-1 victory. What did surprise me was Marc Bartra grabbing the first ever hat-trick under my stewardship with one headed goal from a corner, one tap in from a free-kick and finally a penalty. What followed was a crazy was a crazy 3-3 draw at Anfield that saw us drop our first two points of the season. Koscielny put us one up, Aspas equalised, and then Costa scored two incredible headed goals to put us 3-1 up at half-time - the first came from a Walcott cross on the right, the second from a similarly good one from Ozil on the left. Being two goals to the good up I was thinking another three points in the bag, but unfortunately we conceded two sloppy goals in the second half. Annoyingly we had 14 shots, Liverpool had 4, yet it ended 3-3. Considering that all 3 of their shots on target went in after some suspect goalkeeping, I have already begun to explore other goalkeeping options after Szczesny made a few mistakes. We then responded with an equally frustrating game at West Brom in the Capital One Cup. We took the lead thanks to Olivier Giroud's first goal of the season, and in the immediate aftermath of the goal Jonas Olsson got himself sent off. I thought from there it would be a walk in the park but Vydra managed to equalize for the home side with 15 minutes to go. Amazingly, Popov was also sent off in the 91st minute, but after labouring through extra-time against 9 men we still couldn't find a winner. It eventually went to penalties but we kept our cool, dispatched all five of our penalties and watch as Viviano saved Graham Dorrans' weak effort. We were drawn against Liverpool at home in the 4th round - not the easiest of fixtures. The month ended with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Newcastle United to consolidate our position at the top of the table. Manchester United and Chelsea have been our biggest challengers so far with Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham already falling a few points behind. I've played a 4-2-3-1 formation all season with either 3 attacking midfielders or one and two wingers. When I play wide my preferred choices are Walcott as a winger and Cazorla as an inside forward, and he's probably been my best player so far. When I play more narrowly I move Cazorla inside alongside Ozil and play one of Wilshere or Rosicky.
  12. This is my first proper save on FM14 and am doing it with my beloved Arsenal. I've set my expectations as finishing in the top four but in reality I'll be hoping for a strong title challenge and a cup win as well. Summer Signings Diego Costa - Atletico Madrid (£22m) I'm a huge fan of Olivier Giroud but felt we needed another striker to compete with him as I prefer both Walcott and Podolski on the wings and Nicklas Bendtner just isn't up to scratch. I considered making a move for Carlos Vela or Mario Mandzukic but in the end felt Diego Costa would be a much better signing even if he cost a little more. I ended up paying £22m - some paid up front, some over the next four years - and landed him on a £70k p/w contract. Marc Bartra - FC Barcelona (£7.5m) As we only had three centre-halves in the squad and with Thomas Vermaelen out injured for a few months, signing a centre-half was a must. My first choice was Kurt Zouma but he would have cost me £20m or more, so after landing Costa I sought a cheaper option who wouldn't mind not starting regular. I managed to get Marc Bartra from a very reasonable £7.5m from Barcelona, and at 22 years of age he's got plenty of years ahead of him but is good enough to do a job when called upon. James Ward-Prowse - Southampton (£18.5m) I was quite happy with Costa and Bartra, but with some money left in my budget I decided to go and treat myself to another wonderkid. I perhaps paid a bit too much for Ward-Prowse but he has a huge amount of potential and being English was always going to cost more. I plan on using him sparingly in cup matches and in Europe but I doubt he'll be starting regularly any time soon. August 17/08/13 - BPL - Arsenal 3-0 Hull City - Walcott (7), Costa (46), Mertesacker (58) 20/08/13 - UCL - Arsenal 3-0 PAOK - Ozil (2, 23), Podolski (19) 24/08/13 - BPL - West Ham 1-2 Arsenal - Mertesacker (3), Cazorla (65), Koscielny sent off (42) 28/08/13 - UCL - PAOK 1-3 Arsenal - Costa (24, 81), Podolski (pen 53) 31/08/13 - BPL - Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City - Mertesacker (29), Costa (45+1) --- Comfortable qualification into the Champions League group stages and three back-to-back wins in the Premier League made it a perfect start for us. We were given an easy start to the season with Hull City being brushed aside with ease, whilst PAOK offered little resistance in the Champions League qualifiers. Diego Costa immediately began to pay back the £22m we paid for him with four goals in August, whilst Per Mertesacker surprisingly managed to score in each of our opening three Premier League fixtures to help us climb to the top of the league. We started well against West Ham in our first game of the season but made things much more difficult for ourselves after Laurent Koscielny got himself sent off at the end of the first half. Jack Collison cancelled out Mertesacker's opener on the brink of half-time to make things look pretty sketchy, but thankfully we managed to grind out a win after we defended well and Santi Cazorla got off the mark for the season with a low left-footed strike past the goalkeeper. The great start was a necessity with our next two Premier League games being away from home at Manchester City and Liverpool. UEFA Champions League Group H Arsenal FC (ENG) FC Schalke 04 (GER) Olympiacos (GRE) Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) We were drawn in a very favourable Champions League group with Schalke the only side of note. Being drawn with Olympiacos and Dinamo Tibilisi meant we did have a couple of long away trips to navigate but I was confident that our quality would see us through.
  13. Over the moon with this. Well done SI, a large amount of faith restored.
  14. This is ridiculous. At the very least we should be getting a response as to why they've decided to do nothing about this. I'm losing all faith in SI as a company that gives two ***** about its fanbase.
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