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  1. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    So finally managed to finish my fourth season at Arsenal and it was a lovely one. Premier League It was a tight battle with Man Utd and Chelsea pretty much all season. However, we finished the season strongly, including a 4-1 demolition of Chelsea with 5 games to go and we ended like this: Unfortunately, we did have 2 defeats; away to Spurs (3-0 and ended a long unbeaten streak which was annoying) plus a 2-1 loss at Man City FA Cup As holders of the cup, I wanted to do well again and we had a fairly kind run (except Liverpool at home in the QF's) and made another final. We were excellent and missed 3 CCC's.... Champions League I lost in the final of last year's competition against Man Utd and desperately wanted to go one better this time around. We topped a group of Napoli, Bilbao and Gent with 16 points and then beat: Leverkusen (7-4), Liverpool (4-1), Chelsea (6-4) to face Real Madrid in the final. Defensively we were excellent but Dybala missed 3 CCC's and I was sure we would get a sucker punch in the closing stages as Ronaldo, Bale et al pressed for a winner. However, a Madrid goal kick was played short to Ramos, who dallied on the ball and was tackled by Dybala (who I hadn't had the bottle to replace)... Arsenal's first ever Champions League and first Treble to boot too! Well happy with that. Just need to find some motivation to go again in Season 5 now. I'm considering a few 'galactico' type signings for fun but we shall see. Cheers!
  2. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    Looks nice! This thread always dies off around now unfortunately. I've just finished season 4 and will do an update tonight hopefully.
  3. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    Coming towards the end of season 4 and it's tight at the top: I do have a theory that the game likes to create title races - never won the league by 15 points or so. Always seems to be at least one side which goes with you, so to speak.
  4. BrickCommo23

    Help with a tactical tweak...

    Hi, Thanks for the tips and advice. I've taken on board most of them and: - Swapped one IF to W (still support) - Changed the CF to a Complete Forward (attack) - Changed the passing to mixed (from short) For now, I have left stick to positions on because I think that is a big contributor to our (usually) good defensive structure. But if not, that's the next tweak. Only had a chance to play 2 games with the new system. Hammered Everton at home (4-0) and then won 3-0 at West Brom - who are randomly good on my save, managed by Cocu and up in 7th. Dybala is back in the goals too! Early days but looks like it might be a good one! Cheers
  5. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    Just in case anyone is interested or wants to be helpful - I have just posted this in the Tactics forum:
  6. Hi all, This is hopefully not another one of those "fix my tactic for me" sort of posts but - I am after a little bit of assistance. So, I am in season 4 with Arsenal and have been using the below tactic for the last two seasons. It has worked very well and we've won the last two league titles, and narrowly missed out on the Champions League. However, in season 4 - it's struggling a little. I don't think it's a terrible tactic by any means but I'm after some tinkering help to improve it. There are 2 main issues: 1- Away from home it's really poor at creating chances. Defensively it is fairly solid but we regularly have ratings around 6.4-6.6 for the front three. I think this is related to the limitations of the system. When we are at home, we camp outside the opposition box and our chances tend to come from overlapping full backs and late runs from central midfield beyond the striker. When we are away, we struggle to keep possession that far up the pitch and I think the whole team becomes too spread out and cannot keep possession. My obvious thoughts for that are to push the D-Line higher and try retain possession? 2 - My best players have always been Savic (same as everyone else), Bellerin, Tierney (or Alba) and occasionally my AML (either Kean or Griezmann). The only position I tended to struggle with was my CF. Who had been Lacazette, playing as a DLF(A). So, I reasoned in the summer that I needed a striker whose link up play was better and more capable of weighing in with assists for the wingers and Savic. I eventually opted for Dybala (mainly as a throwback to when I had in FM17 and he broke Henry's records). He's had a few good games but when he doesn't score - his rating is 6.5 at best. I think I am just struggling to get him involved. So, I have tried some other roles (such as trying him as a Treq in the screenshot below) but I am still left with the same issue unfortunately. Don't suppose anyone can recommend anything on that front too? Thanks all - welcome any views.
  7. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    What role are you giving Dybala? Sounds stupid but I am struggling a little with him. If he doesn't score, he usually gets about a 6.4
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    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    433 with 4 playmakers sounds good fun - hope you can make it work
  9. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    Looks like just the two signings for me between seasons 3 and 4.... Dybala and Arthur. That'll do nicely!
  10. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    I got him on a free at the end of the first season. However, I think that has been changed in subsequent updates and he usually goes for cash. He's not all that amazing - I'd probably save my cash if I was you...
  11. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    I eventually accepted £20mil from Monaco. He's done very little there. Although I did have to sit him on the bench for a season to make him 'want' to leave.
  12. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    Evening all, I thought I would update on my third season at Arsenal. It was almost wonderful...almost. Premier League We started off a little dodgy and Chelsea were ludicrous, beating everyone in sight. As I've already shared, we went on a brilliant run around Christmas to get ourselves into the lead. Chelsea just kept winning but fortunately so did we. Our final two games of the season were home to Man Utd (more of them in a moment) and then home to Middlesbrough. We played brilliantly to beat United 3-0 and secure a second successive title: We then faced Middlesbrough at home in the final game - I like to think they gave us a guard of honour on to the pitch - and I rested a couple of players for the matches still to come. Middlesbrough scored in the first half and then Berardi (the d***) two-footed someone on the stroke of half time and was sent off. I changed a few things and gave them a rocket at half time. We came back out much better and equalised quite early doors couldn't get the second goal and it finished 1-1. Why am I telling you this? It ruined my home record and the chance to set a new Premier League record for total points: FA Cup We had a fairly soft road to the final, beating the likes of Charlton, Chesterfield and Leicester in the semi-final. In the final, we faced...Manchester United again. An even first half gave way to an excellent second half and we won comfortably. A double! Only one match left... Champions League We topped our group and then beat Zenit (8-1 on aggregate) Juventus and then Barcelona on route to the final in Amsterdam. Our opponents? Yes, Manchester United again! I was worried when on the eve of the game, Bellerin (Player of the Season) gashed his leg in training. His back up, Chambers then got injured also. Plus, Griezmann and Koulibaly were injured in that final game versus Middlesbrough. But - surely we could beat them again? This game was much more even and tense but we took the lead just after half time through Pereira and then Kean missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0. Suddenly United seemed to switch to counter attacking and were launching balls forward from my corners. Yannick Carrasco scoreda good equaliser to send it to extra time and then scored again right at the start of extra time. Plenty of time I thought...wrong. We ended the game having missed seven (7) half chances and 3 clear cut chances and were made to pay. I don't think I've ever done a Treble on FM - gutted it didn't happen this time round. Plans for the off season - Trim the first team squad. My U23s have won the league twice in a row - time to do some promoting - Despite the success, I feel like the team is missing a 'top top' striker. Lacazette is a little hot and cold and I *think* Griezmann is best on the wing. Dybala became Arsenal's record scorer on FM17 for me but I think his fee is likely to be too high for me - even if I clear the decks to pay for it Sorry for the long post but I'm very sad and like reading end of season reviews so I've done my own here. If you have done so, thanks for reading! Cheers
  13. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    Nothing fancy... And I spoke too soon - lost next game away to City...
  14. BrickCommo23

    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    I'll happily post a screenshot tonight when I get home. It's taken me by surprise.
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    FM18: Arsenal - Victoria Concordia Crescit

    I had to share this quickly - pretty sure it's the best run I've ever had. Turned an 8 point deficit into a 6 point lead at the top of the table too:
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