An interesting story brewing in my 2028 save, with Improved AI and Legendary Managers files, and many other edits:
In 2018, Arsene Wenger started as manager of Arsenal. A few years of 3rd/6th/3rd/3rd/5th/5th in Premier League, meant he bounced around the CL and EL, winning the EL twice.
Despite those successes, from the beginning every cup eluded him. Making it to Quarter Finals or Semi Finals, but no further. A 2024 defeat to Liverpool in the CL Semi Final, a Runner's Up in the FA Cup marked the beginning of the end.
In 2025, Arsenal were knocked out in the Carabao Cup 4th Round by Chelsea, then again lost to West Ham in the FA Cup 3rd Round.
The following season was even worse, finishing 7th in Premier, doing poorly in CL, dropping out of the FA Cup, and once again making it to a Cup Semi Final, but no further.
Meanwhile, Stan Cullis left his job at Wolves to join Manchester City in 2019. He immediately changed the formation, and rebuilt the squad.
Winning every cup round and blazing up the league table, he won the MOTM, and even decided his squad needed strengthening again.
Even so, City met a similar fate to Arsenal. So close to an FA Cup win, Premier League win, and Semi Final ticket...but not close enough.
Next season(2021), more shifts in the squad, but yet Arsenal got the better of them, and they did very poor by the board's standards.
2022, and Cullis' only answer seems to be re-arranging the squad, with several players coming and going. This time, it worked.
They earn the title, giving him Manager of the Year, and winning the Carabao Cup. Yet, a poor CL and FA Cup campaign..
"No problem", Cullis says. "Let's just break our budget on a new signing."
It seems at the start to have worked, their pre-season giving them phenomenal form, and even a win over Arsenal.
Still, though, a similar result in 2023. Maybe it's not just the players?
"Nope, it's the players. We need more."
You might be right, Stan..
What a good season for them!
Yet a focus on the Cup Competitions was the wrong choice, as while they did outstanding, their league form dropped to not 2nd, or 3rd, or 5th...but a lowly 6th, killing the title streak, and the board won't have it.
He's sacked in the summer of 2025.
Well, it's now 2026, and Manchester City need a manager. There's not many available...everyone worthwhile already has jobs....perhaps it was premature to sack the 4-time-in-a-row title winning Cullis....will 7th placed Arsenal head coach Wenger do? Let's ask him...
So Wenger leaves Arsenal for the riches and glorious, mouth-watering squad at Manchester City(which Cullis built himself...). Which leaves Arsenal searching around the slim head coach pile. Oh look, Cullis is available!
Well, the managers have swapped places( Cullis at Arsenal, and Wenger at Man City), who will beat the other?
Cullis does well at Arsenal, yet Wenger is able to land the first big blow, killing Arsenal's FA Cup campaign.
Wenger also does well.
The following season, Cullis is able to repay the favor, killing Man City's FA Cup campaign at the same exact spot, the 5th round.
Where the rivalry ends, nobody knows..