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  1. Just finished my fourth season at Arsenal. Another great campaign in the league, holding off a very strong challenge from Spurs. Didn't do great in the domestic cups, losing on pens in both of them, but with very much a second string team. Lost in the Champions League final for the 3rd time 😭 This time to AC Milan on penalties also, following a last minute equaliser from them to take it to extra time. Heartbreaking really as this is the one trophy I wanted to win this season to complete the set. On a positive note, Ansu Fati was sensational throughout the season. He won the golden boot in the Premier League and also took home both the PFA & FWA Footballer of the Year awards 👏🏻 He also broke Thierry Henry's record of 39 goals in a season in all competitions, managing 41 - which from left wing is quite brilliant and he was truly unplayable at times. I lost count of the amount of hat tricks he got in the Premier League! I do think this may be the end of my time at Arsenal. I've won everything twice domestically and the only thing missing now is the Champions League which we just can't seem to win. There's a few jobs available abroad that I fancy going for but hard to tell if I'd be in with a chance. If I do leave, I wouldn't rule out a return to the Gunners to hopefully win that elusive European trophy that we crave.
  2. Nothing wrong with that mate, I think a lot of us do it! He's a great find and a brilliant name too
  3. I didn't think I'd beat it to be honest, we had some tough games towards the end of that season and a few of the draws were from us scoring late goals. I've never really had a team that can come up with something when needed as well as my current group can. Even in the Champions League final they were so close to coming back again in extra time and really should have won it with the penalty. Must have been tough to reach 47 and then lose but that's still an incredible run
  4. Just come so close to a perfect season with Arsenal in 2026/27 - the quadruple and an unbeaten league season. Valencia beat me in the final of the Champions League, in what was a real rollercoaster of a game. I was jumping around my living room when we equalised to take it to extra time! Similar to @llama3 above, only one team was trying to win and unfortunately got done on the counter a couple times. We also had a goal disallowed for offside in the 119th minute which would have taken it to penalties. Cohen had missed a few penalties for me in the past 2 seasons and I had relegated him to 5th taker. But of course as he was on a hat trick and I still had that box ticked, he took it. Bit of an error from me, on the biggest stage of all! But oh well, it was a chance for him to be a hero and I'm not sure anyone has ever managed that in a Champions League final before. I'd managed a domestic treble the season before too, knocked out by Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final after going down to 10 men early in the 2nd leg. Considered my future a bit after the Valencia game, having won everything but the Champions League twice, but Atletico was the only big job available so I decided to stay at the club for at least one more season. The project now is to try to mould the team back into a shape involving wingers, rather than the 4-1-2-1-2 diamond that I've been using for the past 2 seasons. Our unbeaten run in the league has meant we've broken the original invincibles record of 49. We're currently on 51 which will of course lead into the next season. It was another reason I wanted to stay, to see how far I could take that record and try to set something that perhaps will never be beaten! Proud to have built what I'd imagine people would call 'Invincibles 2.0', having started my career at Coventry in League One! Not something I expected to happen in this save.
  5. Haven't been following this thread but currently at Arsenal on my save. What has happened to the stadium on other people's games? I had a news item at one point mentioning planning permission for an expansion of the Emirates had been blocked by the council, but then nothing since then and the option to discuss it with the board has never appeared. Have people managed to expand the stadium? Or is it locked at 60,000?
  6. I was Leeds manager at the time and I think I gave them a break (the ones not playing in the World Cup). Then had 2 weeks of training, followed by 3 weeks of friendlies. I played 3 friendlies, one per week leading up to our first game back which was 27th of December. It seemed to work ok as we battered Tottenham in that game. I think the problems come during the run-in when you have two games a week for the majority of the 2nd half of the season. Luckily I wasn't in Europe but if you are it may be very difficult to keep players fully fit for every game. You're going to have to rotate and potentially prioritise certain games/competitions.
  7. Are you able to explain any further on this please, mate?
  8. Think you might be right. I'm sure in previous games I've had news items regarding the bidding process and who's in the running, same with Champions League & Europa League final venues. That must have been removed from the game.
  9. Does anyone know when in-game the host for the 2030 World Cup is confirmed? Currently in March 2026 and I haven't seen any news on it. Also, anyone past this date, where has it been hosted on your saves?
  10. I've tried that in recent games and it's been ok. Perhaps I could try Aloisio on CF (Support) then? It seems like he'd still be able to do this pretty well. I have a more conservative tactic for harder away games which is more counter based, so playing them both on attack when using that could work. But my main tactic will always involve short passing, it's just purely what I feel is the best way to play in real life like many managers do. As you said in a previous post, this shape isn't ideal for possession and I've seen that in the games I've played so far, but I've only gone with this shape due to the circumstances. It's more than likely next season I will change again when I can recruit for other positions and possibly move one or two of my central midfielders on. I tried to do the roles as best I could, and it's been ok but there's always room for improvement I feel. I think the setup is generally ok, I could perhaps just be better at putting players on certain sides, or having players closer to each other that will link up well.
  11. I meant that the game suggests that's their strongest role I guess. Here are their profiles: I feel like maybe Aloísio could be a good complete forward (attack) and Cohen an advanced forward (attack) but don't know if that's the best combination. I did try to select my team instructions with that in mind, so that if I change mentality it makes a fairly subtle change to these rather than anything drastic. I don't know if you feel like I've achieved this or not? But it seems to be working ok so far.
  12. I think this is why I wanted to get the discussion going. To get other views and considerations that I may not have thought of, as of course what you're saying makes sense. I've attached what I ended up going with/creating and it's working pretty well at the moment. I often play on positive at home but keep it balanced when playing away. I also sometimes from the AMC into MC when playing strong teams and add 'defend wider'. I have found that the sides of the diamond, and the outside MC's when playing with a 3, do a decent job at getting out to press the oppositions full-backs when they advance forward. I haven't been caught out in wide areas as much as I thought I would be, but I do have 4 very good full-backs and often dominate possession pretty well. The only issue I have really at the moment is that both my strikers favour the advanced forward role, so I'm not sure how to play them both. I've tried the deep-lying forward & advanced forward combination, as seen on the screenshot, which seems to work out but seems to compromise the striker that plays in this role. If it works for the team, I'm happy of course but would like to try and find a way to get them both scoring and thriving if possible. Perhaps I don't have the right players to do this, I need to recruit for a deep-lying forward, but they're 2 very talented players that I'd hope would be able to create a good partnership. Does anyone have a good way of getting the best out of 2 strikers and what roles provide a good scoring partnership?
  13. Just to set the scene for this topic slightly: I'm currently managing Arsenal in the 2024/25 season and we've recently been taken over (on the day of the Carabao Cup final which we then lost, far from ideal!). I survived the rumours of being replaced by Steven Gerrard and once the board confirmed I was staying, they subsequently launched offers for Ryan Gravenberch & Ilaix Moriba - both central midfielders. And as anyone who's had this happen to them in their game knows, you can't cancel the offers or the transfers. Moriba was actually my best player at my former club Leeds so I'm quite happy about that one, but Gravenberch I just didn't need. He is however a great player so I won't complain, especially as the money didn't come from my transfer budget! So now due to my abundance of central midfielders, I'm considered playing a 4-1-3-2 or a 4-4-2 diamond next season in order to fit most of my key players into the team. Before I do so I just wanted to get people's thoughts on playing with these systems and any success or problems people may have had from doing so. These were the instructions I was thinking of for a 4-1-3-2 or 4-1-2-1-2: In Possession Shorter passing - I want to play good, possession based football so this is a non-negotiable for me really. Play out of defence - I want us to build from the back and play through the diamond, until we can involve the wing backs higher up the pitch. Focus play through the middle - Seems a fairly obvious one for this shape, but at the same time I want to involve my wing backs in play so I'm not totally sure on this. Hit early crosses - Again, not totally sure on this one but I'm thinking I want my wing backs to cross whenever they can - rather than feeling like they have to reach the byline and then have a long way to recover. In Transition Not sure if I need anything here, potentially just counter to utilise our 2 strikers and taking advantage of any 2v2's that occur against the opposition centre backs. Out of Possession Higher defensive line - I want condense the space the opposition have to play in, particularly with the numbers we have in midfield to try and win the ball back. More urgent pressing - I want to put pressure on the ball and stop the opposition getting down the sides of the diamond and creating overloads against my full-backs. I have some ideas on player roles based on what I want from my team. I think the full-backs will need to be wing backs, and the DMC as a half-back for when the wing backs push on so high. Has anyone had any experience of this? Basically just keen to hear what everyone thinks about these systems. Do those instructions look ok? Is there anything I should add or take away? @Experienced Defender - Would be good to hear your thoughts too mate, as you've helped me in the past. And I remember reading you had a successful diamond formation on FM19 with Man United. What made that work so well?
  14. I'll give it a go, thanks. I generally just want the centre-backs to feed the ball into the midfield without trying anything too fancy. I suppose two central defender roles are best for that.
  15. @Experienced Defender - Thanks a lot for that mate, really helpful information that I'll definitely use to improve tactically. In regards to this, it just comes from my philosophy and how I want to play. I want possession as much as possible and don't want many long balls. Maybe using both of these is too much, I just had in my head that one applied to the team and one applied specifically to the goalkeeper.
  16. I definitely wouldn't do this, I think it's more a case of trying to retain what might be going well but trying to make tweaks in order to make it any better and have a real focal point at the top of the pitch.
  17. Thanks for the reply. Never really thought about trying this, always considered this to only really effect our shape when we are out of possession.
  18. So I do tend to tweek my tactics depend on who I'm playing, but that's the basic shell of what I go for and then adjust from there. I am doing pretty well too, 6th in the league when I'm predicted a mid-table finish. Just want my striker contributing with more goals though. I have switched my midfield up in recent games based on your advice, sometimes using a deep-lying playmaker or a box to box midfielder. I sometimes use Zirkzee as a striker too in order to try and develop him. He scored a really nice goal in a recent game which involved him receiving the ball in to feet and then running in behind in the same move (gif attached). I was using him as a deep-lying forward (support), and he seems more comfortable in this role than Koulouris to me.
  19. Recent England game on my save and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a hat trick, with Ben Chilwell scoring the other goal Can't tell me there isn't glaring issues with this match engine
  20. Couple examples from my save of strikers just not receiving the ball enough during a game. I've messed about with my tactics an awful lot to try and improve this and it seems the team just don't want to pass into their feet, everything goes wide. I'd love to be corrected on this that it is in fact my tactics causing it, and I've started a thread in the tactics forum, but this is happening with every striker in every role. It's really ruining my enjoyment of the game if one of my key players is just not getting the ball. In my current season, my strikers have scored 6 goals each. My wingers have scored 9 & 10 goals, because they receive the ball more! This shouldn't be the case, my wingers should be supplying my strikers!
  21. Thanks, I'll definitely give that a go and play about with the defensive roles too. I really think some of this is down to the match engine though. I've just played a cup game against a Championship team with the same striker, and he received the ball 10 times during 90 minutes!! That just shouldn't be happening, whatever role he's used as. I started him as a deep-lying forward (attack), before changing to a pressing forward to put more pressure on them at the back and try to win the ball higher up the pitch.
  22. Just had a penalty appeal turned down by VAR Never had that happen before, but good to see that it's definitely possible!
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