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  1. Youth intake 2020 Our youth intake came through today. It's honestly nothing special, but you can't expect to get players who'll be able to play at the very top every year. Hopefully next year. Scott Bach (DC) and Dan Smith (GK) might come good enough for squad rotation in the future, if they hold their cards right in training. Let's see - we'll have to be patient with this group. These are the players who've been offered contracts:
  2. Carabao Cup final Almost. Liverpool scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the games and looked likely to hang on to that lead. Martinelli and Lacazette managed to get us back on level terms in the last 10 minutes, but a 95th minutes goal from Mo Salah gave Liverpool the cup final victory. Disappointing, but not heartbreaking.
  3. Thanks Nobby. The next one has started terribly, hopefully we can turn it around.
  4. Hi guys, Was playing a match and made a triple substitution in the 70th minute. While waiting for the changes to happen (after having pressed confirm), one of my players was red carded. It went to the tactics screen and I confirmed (again) the changes I wanted to make. For some reason the changes were never made but I couldn't make any subs as it said I was out of them. However, for some strange reason I manage to sub Aubameyang in on the 86th minute but nobody else. On the right side of the tactics screen it looked like the changes had been made, but on the left side the team was the same. This led to a some of my players playing incorrect positions and I couldn't switch it up or sub. As can be seen in the match report the subs were never made (except for the Auba one later in the game). Unfortunately I didn't think ahead and saved the game after this game out of habit (always save after matches) so I don't have a saved game from before this match. Just wanted to let you know if others are also having this problem. Thanks for all the work you do!
  5. February 2020 February started with a bad draw against Newcastle, where we lead two times in the last 15 minutes but both times they managed to claw back a goal. After that game, we closed the shop and kept a clean sheet in each game for the rest of the month - winning them all. Two of them were in the Europa League which might make the month look better than it was, but 10 points from 12 possible in the league I'm happy with, especially the important 0-1 away win in Manchester, beating the then-league leaders. We were dealt a bit of a blow with Luiz picking up a 2 month hip injury. 32 years old, this may be a curtain closing moment for him and his career, depending on how Sokratis and Badiashile do in his absence. Luiz is the club captain after Xhaka left, and the only real leader in the dressing room. This is a big blow to our well defence who's been coming together in the last two months. The month sees us moving further away from Everton, having now a 12 point lead over them and the 4th place all but secured. We move a closer to the Manchester team but Liverpool are on a great run and it'll prove tough to catch up with them. We started our summer shopping early, finishing up our first transfer early February. Roman Zobnin will join us from Spartak Moscow on July 9th. He'll add to our midfield depth which has been missing after Xhaka's and Özil's departures. Zobnin is a hard working warrior who doesn't give up, and a true model professional. He'll hopefully be an important figure in the dressing room and be able to play a part in the changes I want to make in the atmosphere amongst the players.
  6. January 2020 Another 8 game month followed December as January was equally busy. We managed to do pretty well in my opinion and only lost points against the league favourites, Liverpool. That was a game that would have been very nice to win, but they proved too strong for us. Our defence seems to be coming together better after Tierney, Bellerin and Holding have all come to full fitness and play most games. Luiz and Holding have played well together, and it's very good for our playing from the back to be able to sit Sokratis down against pressure happy Premier League teams. In the Carabao semi finals we absolutely destroyed Chelsea in the second leg, winning them 6-0 and getting new signings Badiashile and Bellingham off the marks in their debut. We have a five point lead on 5th placed Everton and Chelsea are out of the rase with 15 games to go. I would love to have a good February and extend our lead on Everton to a safe distance of 8-10 points and in the meantime gain ground on the teams above us. We're 9 points off the top team (possible top two teams if Liverpool win their games in hand) so that looks a distant dream at the moment. Now we'll have to focus on cementing our top 4 place, proceed in the Europa League and FA Cup and the upcoming Carabao Cup final against Liverpool. Big months ahead for our young squad.
  7. Many changes, but I have the same starting eleven, and most importantly in the midfield (where the biggest changes happened) as in the first half of the season. Guendouzi, Torreira and Willock have been my midfield starters with Smith-Rowe being the first one of the bench usually. Ceballos is my 5th man and now Bellerin and Tierney are fully back Maitland-Niles can play there as well. These changes no doubt hurt the team in the short term, but we have our eye on the future here. 4th place or above was the goal this season, and with Tottenham and Chelsea so bad I think we can 100% ride it out until the end of the season, unless Everton go on a crazy run.
  8. January 2020 transfer window The squad needed a little trimming in January. Shkodran Mustafi hadn't really played at all over the season, and was happy to accept a move to China, away from the spotlight and ensuring financial security for himself and his family. Following him to China on a free went Mo Elneny, who is currently on loan at Besiktas. His contract would have ran out in the summer and we weren't interested in renewing it. The deal he got speaks volume about the advantage of being a free agent, as he quintuples his salary from 50k p/w to 250k p/w. We wish him luck with and good fortune. Tidy little player but not of the requisite standard for Arsenal. The bad apple in the squad, Mesut Özil, had seemingly come to peace with staying at Arsenal and finally got his playing time - but he didn't really fit into the system and was unable to find his feet, providing a string of bad performances which made me pull the trigger of getting rid of him. On his gargantuan salary that was always going to be difficult, so he follows his former pal Alexis Sánchez and goes to the Red Devils in Manchester. They took him on loan and will pay 275k p/w of his wages, which in 6 months saves us 7.15 million pounds plus appearance fees and bonuses. A number of players in the squad kicked up a fuss about the team leader leaving, but I manage to calm all of them down, except for one. Another team leader, Granit Xhaka left angry from that meeting and I saw this as an opportunity to let him go and restructure my midfield. Granit was happy to leave at the earliest opportunity and follows Mustafi and Elneny to China, where he'll no doubt play very well away from fan and media scrutiny. With Xhaka and Özil leaving, David Luiz and Sokratis stepped up as team leaders alongside Aubameyang. Arsenal do not have the appeal, they used to have, having been in the Europa League for three seasons running and not winning the Premier League in 15 years. This means that we have to go differently about our transfer business, buying players before they reach their peak and mould them into superstars. The academy also plays a big part here, as we'll need homegrown players to fill in squad gaps, and we also need to maximise their potential to be able to make money off of them. Two young up and coming players were brought in this transfer window. Though of as a future partner to William Saliba in our centre defence, his fellow national Benoit Badiashile joins us from AS Monaco for 18 million pounds. He'll linger around the first team squad the second half of the season, hopefully collecting some minutes and then maybe leave on a loan for the next season. Benoit has everything we want from our centre backs. He's got an imposing figure, standing at 194 cm and very physically able. He's already fairly professional at 18 years old and potentially a leader in the making. He's got good defensive attributes and can play the ball with confidence. A fantastic plus is his left footedness, which partners very well with Saliba's right footedness. Another young and exciting player joined us from Birmingham, Jude Bellingham. Bellingham is one of the most promising English players, and joins us for 22 million pounds (half in instalments), with possible 5 millions on top after 5 international caps. He'll play with our u23s as he's only 16 years old, but may see some minutes in injury crises, as our midfield is a bit thin with both Özil and Xhaka leaving. Bellingham is the perfect mezzala. He's got all the correct attributes and great traits already, complimenting the role. I play with a mezzala on the right of my midfield setup and he'll compete with Joe Willock for that place in the next few years. He's professional at just 16 years of age and with good leadership qualities. I'm very excited to see how he develops for us.
  9. Yeah in a long term save I'm invested in I'm not a fan of DoFs. This is convenient in a quick Beta game .
  10. If you're a club as big as Tottenham I think a straight forward one would be Alex Telles from Porto. Jamal Lewis looks good as well.
  11. Awards and January thoughts Aubameyang has been in electric form from the left flank this season and that has resulted in him picking up the second place in Ballon d'Or and World Player of the Year. He's of course in the World Team of the Year as well. Now, January has come and I will be doing some business here as I did none in the summer. I want to trim down my squad; lose a central defender (likely to be Mustafi) and a central midfielder (likely to be Özil or Xhaka). I'm slowly but surely trying to turn the squad over to be a lot more athletic in central areas (Özil, Xhaka and Ceballos are casualties here) and better with the ball in defence (Sokratis and Kolasinac can't stay for long). However, I'm realise that we can't lose 5+ first teamer in January, they would be hell to replace and wreak havoc on the dressing room, so I will be focusing on losing Mustafi, who doesn't play at all, and Özil, who brings with him an aura of discontent along with his huge wage package. Özil will be difficult to move on as he's no longer transfer listed (mistake by me to accept that request) and he's a team leader. The other two team leaders are Xhaka and Sokratis, so they'll probably stay put until summer unless I'm unable to move Özil on - as I can't lose all three team leaders in one window. I'm not desperate to strengthen, but I might sign a youngster or two - and if the opportunity arises to sign a midfielder or a central defender in the mould I'm looking for, I'll do it and get rid of one more player in corresponding position. The board have been generous and given me 77 million pounds to spend - let's see what happens.
  12. December 2019 My days, what a hectic month! We started it off by being the first team to win United in the league - and thank god that we did so, they were absolutely cruising. We followed that with strong victories against Villa and Watford before being absolutely floored by Everton, with Alex Iwobi scoring a hat-trick against his old club. Very humbling defeat but I would definitely have taken 21 points out of 24 possible in the league in December beforehand, even though it would mean this humiliation. We progressed through to the Carabao Cup's semi finals after a solid win vs Wolves, where we'll play Chelsea. We ended the year on a high with 3 wins in a row in the league and enter the new year in high spirits and good form. We also had our final Europa League group game this month, beating Getafe who still managed the 2nd place - leaving William Saliba's St Etienne behind. In the first knockout round we have a "tough" draw. Zenit are definitely one of the stronger teams in the competition, but the Russian side should not give us much trouble if we go about our way as we should. So, this is the league position at the turn of the year. We are on course for an 86 point season which I am very happy with, but the problem is that City are on course for 98 points, United 94 and Liverpool 90-96 (game in hand). Everton are playing well (as seen above) with Moise Kean leading their line very efficiently. Chelsea are not far behind and could pose trouble for us if they kick into gear. Wolves are on their heals but I do not expect them to be a threat in the 4th place running. Tottenham are absolutely hopeless in 9th place, providing smiles and happiness in the red side of North London. Lastly, we had our youth intake preview. I was hoping for good news on defenders, as we don't seem to have any good youngsters who can play there. We got the news we wanted, and hopefully this lot will do well for us in the future.
  13. Only doing Arsenal for the beta - maybe a season or two on top depending on how it's playing out. Then I'm thinking Eastern Europe or Scotland for a long term one!
  14. November 2019 Only four games in November, preceding a nine game December where we'll have to be at our best if we are to keep up with the leading sides in the league. We managed a solid if unspectacular victory against Bournemouth at home before winning by three goals in Switzerland mid week, where Folarin Balogun made his debut for the club. The North London derby saw the sides split their points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs have had a difficult season so far and would have relinquished a victory against us to pull closer to top 4, but luckily we managed to snatch the draw. The month ended with a victory against Saint-Etienne in France. We still sit fourth in the league and there is nothing stopping Man Utd at the moment - but we'll play them in our next game at home and hopefully manage to reduce the gap between us to 6 points. Some words on Saka - he's some player all right: And some on Smith Rowe - why on earth does my coaching staff think he's a 4 star player having maxed his potential out by now? Has been playing well in the EL though.
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