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  1. Got some of the squad report done. If anyone notices any mistakes please tell me and any feedback on the format is appreciated.
  2. Have got some stuff up about the statued players. Nothing fancy, just stuff copied from wiki or the club website. Don't think people are that interested in this section of the thread anyway. I'll be starting the in game squad stuff early tomorrow.
  3. Was hoping to get more done on this tonight but I've had an Internet outage shortly after the OP. I'll definitely have the whole thing done by the end of the weekend. hopefully sometime Saturday should see completion. If there's interest in a records and landmarks (biggest win and such) type thing I can do one, I personally wouldn't be overly interested in one but I can run one if enough people are.
  4. i may be over doing it with reserved posts but better safe than sorry
  5. In Football Manager 2016 General One of the first things you'll notice after you take over is that Arsene Wenger has been moved into a director of football role rather than being removed completely from Arsenal. I find this personally to be a lovely feature and something I won't be changing but if you feel the need to assert your authority and ensure you have no shadow looming over your tenure then you have the ability to relieve him of his duties. In terms of other coaching staff I find Arsenal not to be the best in this department, there aren't many 4 star coaches which would be a worry for most and my personal preference is to release almost all of the current coaches and bring in my own. I find the medical department to be fairly good so I tend to retain the people employed here but you may also want to revamp this area of the club. The scouting department is very good and extensive at Arsenal. There are several scouts, most of them good, but some of them you will likely want to replace with better and more knowledgeable people as time goes on. Arsenal are owned by Stan Kroenke, having taken control of the club in September 2008. He is a owner who will have very little to do or say when it comes to the running of the club so you shouldn't expect to run into any hardships when dealing with him. He is nicknamed 'Silent Stan' after all. Arsenal have generally been run by a combination of managing director Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger over recent years. I wouldn't expect this to change anytime soon but for you stepping into the Arsene Wenger role of course. Facilities Arsenal play in the Emirates Stadium (from 2006) which seats 60,272 people. Although it may not have the intimidation factor and fortress feel that the old ground Highbury had it is an exceptional stadium and bringing back that fortress feeling is something you will be hoping to do. Arsenal have excellent facilities all around the board but if you plan on staying long term you should absolutely be keeping an eye of the training and youth facilities and ensuring they stay up to scratch. Expectations The minimum expectations that will befall you in your first season in charge of Arsenal is that you reach the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League, that you also qualify for the Champions League via your Premier League finish and that you reach at least the semi final of the FA Cup (a competition that Arsenal have won for the last 2 years running). For this you will receive a transfer budget of £63.7 million and a wage budget of £2,589,858 p/w. The clubs current wage budget stands at £2,089,008 p/w so you will have plenty of wiggle room there. You may adjust your expectations however you see fit and if you decide that you can win the Premier League, the FA Cup and reach the final of the Champions League your budgets will be bumped up to £75.37 million to spend and £2,799,319 p/w for wages. The meager increase doesn't make the greater expectations worth if if you ask me, although you may feel you can do something special with that extra 12 million. With all this being said Arsenal are not a trigger happy club and are likely to give you a chance even if you fail to meet your expectations as long as you show that you may be the right man for the job long term. First Team Squad Goalkeepers Petr Cech | Profile | Report The former Chelsea 'keeper was signed for £11 million this summer as the clubs only significant signing, but what a signing it could turn out to be. An excellent goalkeeper in his own right but it is the experience and leadership he should be able to bring that could really make the difference for you. He is getting on at 33 but plays in a position that could see him play till his late 30's, even early 40's. Definitely someone you should value highly. David Ospina | Profile | Report A divisive figure among Arsenal fans, the Colombian started the second half of last season as number 1 to mixed reception. The arrival of Cech will see him as undisputed back up, but he should be perfectly acceptable at that role. Defenders Right Sided Mathieu Debuchy | Profile | Report Arriving last summer to replace the departing Bacary Sagna the Frenchman had an impressive start to his Arsenal career, however, an injury early in the season derailed his good start. He would come back and again begin to impress Arsenal fans but once again another long term injury would put a halt to his Arsenal career. He would not come back from the later so easily having lost his place in the side. Not as popular a figure to Arsenal fans as he was when he first arrived due to his mixed performances when coming into the side. He is still, however, a very capable full back in game although he is getting on in years. Hector Bellerin | Profile | Report If the last two players have a mixed reputation amongst Arsenal fans then they will be envious of this young man. Had a difficult start last season but quickly established himself as a fan favorite with his incredible pace, excellent attacking displays and rock solid defending (for the most part). At only 20 years of age he is already considered amongst the best right backs in the Premier League and a player you should be doing you utmost to develop to his full potential. Central Per Mertesacker | Profile | Report A World Cup winner and Arsenal vice captain Per Mertesacker has been a key player for Arsenal since his arrival. A generally robust player, he has formed an excellent partnership with Laurent Koscielny. He has excellent defensive attributes but at 6 foot 6" tall he is extremely slow off the mark and if you plan on playing a high line with aggressive pressing this may be an issue for you. He may be a player you want to improve on but for me he is a player I would at the very least keep around. Laurent Koscielny | Profile | Report A fan favorite the Frenchman has proven himself a be a top quality center back and has almost everything you could want from a defender. Should certainly be retained and expect him to be one of the first names on the team sheet. Gabriel Paulista | Profile | Report A January signing, the Brazilian has made an impressive start to his Arsenal career. A defender in a similar mould to Koscielny he looks to have rock solid attributes around the board. Definitely looks like one to keep and may even be able to force his way into the starting line-up. Calum Chambers | Profile | Report I could have included Chambers in the right back section but as the squad stands at the moment he is more likely to your 4th choice at center back. He is a player with immense potential and is certainly one to develop, whether that be at right back or center back. It may be your prerogative to shift Debuchy, make Chambers a full time right back to compete with Bellerin and bring in another center back. Left Sided Nacho Monreal | Profile | Report The Spanish full back has established himself as the first choice in this position in recent seasons. He is an exceptionally solid left back who rarely puts a foot wrong and has excellent feet going forward. He perhaps lacks the pace to make him a top full back but is certainly your best left back at the beginning although this may be a position you look to buy in. Kieran Gibbs | Profile | Report Having lost his place to Monreal, Gibbs never really kicked on like Arsenal fans hoped he could have. That's not to say he is a bad player, he is a very solid full back and can absolutely be a valuable squad member but don't expect him to be a top left back for you. Although if you decide to make a big purchase in this position it may be Gibbs rather than Monreal you want to keep on as back up due to his favorable age and home grown status.
  6. Bronze Players Tony Adams Nicknamed 'Mr Arsenal', Adams signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980. He made his first team debut on 5 November 1983 against Sunderland in the First Division, four weeks after his 17th birthday. Adams became a regular player in the 1985–86 season, winning his first major trophy in 1987 when playing in the Football League Cup Final win over Liverpool at Wembley. Adams's strong discipline of the defence was considered a factor in Arsenal winning the League Cup in 1986–87 and then the First Division championship twice; the first in 1988–89 after a win over Liverpool in the final game of the season; the second in 1990–91, losing once all season. In 1992–93 Adams gained the distinction of being the captain of the first English side to win the League Cup and FA Cup double, lifting the European Cup Winners' Cup the following year. Despite this success, a battle with alcoholism, which started in the mid-1980s, increasingly blighted his life as he was reportedly often involved in fights in nightclubs. His recovery and rehabilitation were helped in no small part by the arrival of Arsène Wenger as Arsenal manager in October 1996. Wenger reformed the club's dietary practices and the players' lifestyles. Wenger stuck by Adams following his confessions about his drink problem, and the improvements in the regime probably extended Adams's career by several years. Adams rewarded his manager's understanding handsomely, captaining the club to two Premiership and FA Cup Doubles, in 1997–98 and 2001–02; he is the only player in English football history to have captained a title-winning team in three different decades. In August 2002, just before the start of the 2002–03 season, Adams retired from professional football after a career spanning almost 20 years, his last match being the last league game of the season at home to Everton. He played 674 matches for Arsenal (only David O'Leary has played more) and was the most successful captain in the club's history. Thierry Henry Henry transferred from Juventus on 3 August 1999 to Arsenal for an estimated fee of £11 million, reuniting with his former manager Arsène Wenger. It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class footballer, and although his transfer was not without controversy, Wenger was convinced he was worth the transfer fee. Brought in as a replacement for fellow French forward Nicolas Anelka, Henry was immediately moulded into a striker by Wenger, a move that would pay rich dividends in years to come. However, doubts were raised about his ability to adapt to the quick and physical English game when he failed to score in his first eight games. After several difficult months in England, Henry even conceded that he had to "be re-taught everything about the art of striking." These doubts were dispelled when he ended his first season at Arsenal with an impressive goal tally of 26. Coming off the back of a victorious UEFA Euro 2000 campaign with the national team, Henry was ready to make an impact in the 2000–01 season. Despite recording fewer goals and assists than his first season, Henry's second season with Arsenal proved to be a breakthrough, as he became the club's top goalscorer. Armed with one of the league's best attacks, Arsenal finished runner-up to perennial rivals Manchester United in the Premier League. The team also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing 2–1 to Liverpool. Success finally arrived during the 2001–02 season. Arsenal finished seven points above Liverpool to win the Premier League title, and defeated Chelsea 2–0 in the FA Cup Final. Henry became the league's top goalscorer and netted 32 goals in all competitions as he led Arsenal to a double and his first silverware with the club. 2002–03 proved to be another productive season for Henry, as he scored 32 goals in all competitions while contributing 23 assists—remarkable returns for a striker. In doing so, he led Arsenal to another FA Cup triumph (where he was man-of-the-match in the Final), although Arsenal failed to retain their Premier League title. Henry was named both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. His rising status as one of the world's best footballers was affirmed when he emerged runner-up for the 2003 FIFA World Player of the Year award. Entering the 2003–04 season, Arsenal were determined to reclaim the Premier League crown. Henry was again instrumental in Arsenal's exceptionally successful campaign; together with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pirès, Henry ensured that the Gunners became the first team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten, claiming the league title in the process. Apart from being named for the second year running as the PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, Henry emerged once again as the runner-up for 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year award. With 39 goals scored in all competitions, the Frenchman led the league in goals scored and won the European Golden Boot. Henry would go on to captain Arsenal and become the clubs all time leading goalscorer before departing for Barcelona in the summer of 2007. Dennis Bergkamp His arrival signalled a daring change in outlook from the men in charge at Arsenal. George Graham had been replaced by Bruce Rioch and ‘Boring, Boring Arsenal’ was to be replaced by something altogether more beautiful. Bergkamp was the catalyst. Of course Rioch’s Highbury sojourn came to an abrupt end and in September 1996 Arsène Wenger took the reins. Bergkamp needn’t have fretted over his place in the Frenchman’s plans, though, and Wenger later claimed Dennis’ presence in the ranks had been “a blessing, a gift when I arrived”. And so it was that under the tutelage of Wenger, Bergkamp redefined football in England’s top division. His textbook technique, physical prowess and second-nature for picking out the killer pass made him the ultimate symbol of fantasy football. Indeed when Arsenal usurped Manchester United as the country’s best team in 1998, Bergkamp, too, succeeded Eric Cantona as the Premier League’s brightest beacon of European excellence. That Double season Arsenal’s No 10 was outstanding and his reward at the end of the campaign was both major Player of Year awards to go with his Championship and FA Cup medals. Four years after guiding Arsenal to Premier League domination Bergkamp was at it again as Wenger’s men ruled once more. It was a similar story in 2003 as the Gunners marched to another FA Cup triumph, but by now Dennis was almost 34 and his contract was up. But Arsenal couldn’t let him go and he penned a one-year extension. Bergkamp repaid the faith shown in him with a typically classy season. The ‘Invincibles’, especially Messrs Henry, Ljungberg, Pires and Reyes, had a lot to be thankful for. But time eventually caught up with Dennis and he decided, as Arsenal left Highbury, that his playing time was up. Only something massive and memorable would be good enough to reflect the impact the Dutchman had on the Club. The occasion of Bergkamp’s testimonial fitted the bill perfectly.
  7. The Football Manager 2016 Arsenal FC Thread Overview Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Holloway, London. The club play in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. One of the most successful clubs in English football, they have won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and a record 12 FA Cups. Founded in 1886, Arsenal became the first club from the south of England to join the Football League in 1893. They won five League Championships and two FA Cups in the 1930s and became the second club to win the League and FA Cup Double in the 20th century in the 1971. In the 1990s and 2000s, Arsenal won a Cup Double, two further League and FA Cup Doubles, went through the 2003–04 league season undefeated and became the first London club to reach the UEFA Champions League Final. The club's colours are traditionally red and white. Founded in Woolwich, south-east London, in 1913 they moved north across the city to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. In 2006, they moved to the Emirates Stadium in nearby Holloway. Arsenal contest the North London derby with rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal has one of the highest incomes and largest fanbases in the world. The club was named the seventh most valuable association football club, valued at $1.3 billion, in 2015. Famous Managers Herbert Chapman The appointment of Herbert Chapman in the summer of 1925 arguably shaped Arsenal into the football club it remains today. The Englishman was tempted from his successful Huddersfield Town side by Arsenal chairman Henry Norris but despite immediate success in leading the Gunners to a second place finish in the First Division in 1925/26, the rest of the 1920s were spent in mid-table obscurity. Chapman did take the Club to their first FA Cup Final in 1927 but saw his side lose 1-0 to Cardiff City. Despite Arsenal's league struggles Chapman persisted and by the early 1930s his hard work was bearing fruit. His innovative tactics, plus shrewd signings like David Jack, Cliff Bastin, Alex James and Eddie Hapgood transformed Arsenal into one of the most feared sides in the country. Chapman's first trophy came in 1930 when Arsenal saw off his old employers, Huddersfield, in the FA Cup Final. The triumph offset a decade in which Arsenal would be the dominant team in English football. The Gunners won their first top flight title in 1930/31, repeating the feat two years later. Bertie Mee More than a few eyebrows were raised when Bertie Mee was appointed as Arsenal manager in 1966. He had done sterling work as the Club's physiotherapist, but was he really the man to replace Billy Wright? The answer was an unequivocal yes. Quite simply Mee restored Arsenal to the highest echelons of the European game. He led the Gunners to their first European trophy - the 1970 Fairs Cup - and will always be remembered for masterminding the Double triumph of 1970/71. George Graham A hero of the Double-winning side of 1970/71, Graham returned to Highbury in May 1986 after a successful start to his managerial career at Millwall. Arsenal were treading water in the mid 80s - they had not won the title since Graham himself paraded the trophy 15 years earlier - and needed someone to shake things up. Graham was that man. He revitalised the Club, bringing through a talented generation of young players such as David Rocastle, Michael Thomas and Tony Adams and supplementing them with a raft of astute signings including Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould. That trio, along with Adams, became the Back Four, the bedrock on which Graham's success was built. Arsenal finished fourth in Graham's first season in charge, and they went on to win the 1987 League Cup. At the end of Graham's third season (1988–89), the club won their first League title since 1971 (when Graham had been an Arsenal player), in highly dramatic fashion, in the final game of the season against Liverpool at Anfield; Arsenal needed to win by two goals to take the title; Alan Smith scored for Arsenal early in the second half to make it 1–0, but as time ticked by Arsenal struggled to get a second, and with 90 minutes gone on the clock, Arsenal still needed another goal. With only seconds to go, a Smith flick-on found Michael Thomas surging through the Liverpool defence; the young midfielder calmly lifted the ball over Bruce Grobbelaar and into the net, and Arsenal were League Champions. Arsenal would go on to win another league title in 1990-1991 under Graham's guidance. They also became the first club to win the FA Cup and League Cup in the same season when Andy Linighan and Steve Morrow emerged as unlikely heroes in 1993. The Cup Winners' Cup followed in 1994 - Arsenal's first European trophy for 24 years - after a stubborn rearguard action against Parma in Copenhagen. 'One-nil to the Arsenal' was born. Arsène Wenger When Arsène Wenger arrived at Highbury in October 1996, Arsenal's fans wondered who on earth he was. A virtual unknown in English football, Wenger had much to prove when he moved from Japan to north London. But if any doubts lingered over his appointment, the Frenchman soon dispelled them. As his players soon realised, Wenger was a different breed of manager. The old-school habits of throwing teacups and tantrums were not for him. Instead the squad grew accustomed to nutrition and new training methods. Off the pitch Wenger has been just as effective, taking an active role in the building of a new training ground and the Emirates Stadium project. Results on the pitch vindicated the new man in charge. Wenger won the Double in his first full season in charge and almost repeated the feat a year later. A couple of agonising Cup Final defeats followed but Wenger doubled up again in 2002, clinching the title at Old Trafford. A second successive FA Cup triumph followed in 2003 and then perhaps Wenger's greatest achievement, leading his team to an unbeaten title season and, ultimately, a league record of 49 games without defeat. Yet another FA Cup win followed in 2005 as the Frenchman continued to rack up the trophies. And of course Wenger took Arsenal to within a whisker of Champions League glory a year later. But Wenger has always been about more than results and trophies. He has transformed relative unknowns into world-class stars - Vieira, Petit, Anelka, Ljungberg and Pires for example. And he will always be remembered for turning Thierry Henry from a talented winger into a superstar striker. But perhaps Wenger's greatest legacy will be the style with which he has brought success. Many clubs have won trophies, but few have managed it with the panache of Arsène's Arsenal. When appointed in September 1996 it was a case of 'Arsène Who?' These days, Wenger ranks alongside Herbert Chapman as Arsenal's greatest manager.
  8. I'll give it a go then if there's no objections. I should be able to get a start tonight sometime after work.
  9. Go for it, I just didn't want to see such a great club go without a thread.
  10. I notice no one has put their name in the hat for an Arsenal thread yet. It's probably out of line for a first time poster to do a thread as big as that one but if there isn't demand to do one I would happily do it. You can trust I would make a nice, in depth and aesthetically pleasing thread. But as I said, as a first time I poster I don't expect that would be allowed, understandably so.
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