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  1. @davie1980 He was good while I had him, but unfortunately he wasn't a perfect fit with my tactics (not good enough defensively to be my DLP and not good enough at finishing to be my B2B) and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was available so I sold him on for almost immediate profit. I was able to get Everton to pay £52m for him. I probably would have kept him as he performed pretty well, but the board added "sign high reputation players" to the club vision in the off-season.
  2. Yes, the aim is for the IWB to tuck in alongside the DLP to create a flat base midfield pairing in possession while the BBM moves forward into the AM slot to create a front 5. The one issue that I have found with this formation is that on opposition goal kicks the two central midfielders tend to split wide and leave an opposing midfielder wide open in the center. It hasn't caused major issues for us, but it is frustrating to see happen again and again.
  3. Sure thing - here it is, along with my first XI. My most recent tweak was lowering the IWB mentality to improve the spacing between them and the BBM in possession. The next tweak I am considering is changing the DL to a CWB. The only individual instructions are on the BBM and they are: "Get Further Forward" and "Move into Channels."
  4. 2021-22 Wow. What a year. The main story of this season was our constant competition with Liverpool for the title of the best in England, Europe, and the World - a competition that we just about edged. Arsenal v. Liverpool It started out with a 2-1 victory in the Club World Cup Final that saw the first of Erling Haland’s many goals for us this season. Less than a month later Liverpool got their revenge on penalties after a 2-2 draw in regular time in the Community Shield. A pair of 1-0 wins over Liverpool in the league, both thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe,
  5. @llama3 I've thought about a 3-5-2 variant dropping the wingers back in to the midfield line, possibly with 2DM and a CMa or AM, but I'm also curious about how top-heavy I could make this formation and still get away with it. So far the 4-2-4 is working a treat in attack so I am somewhat reluctant to reconfigure the front 4.
  6. When spending £196m means you had a quiet summer... Well that's my Arsenal going in to the 2021-22 season. The big purchases this summer were Erling Håland from Dortmund for £96m, Gianluigi Donnarumma from Milan on a free transfer, Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes for £25.5m, and Fabio Silva from Porto for £10m. Bringing in Håland alongside Martinez up top means that we had to change our formation so now we are playing an attacking 4-2-4. Early results are good, but between the relative vulnerability of our midfield two and the lack of real quality fullbacks in the game (aside from Alexander-Arno
  7. The 2020-2021 season was a confusing one for sure. After spending big in the summer we were competitive in the league for most of the year and looked set to finish either 2nd or 3rd when the squad hit a real slump and ended the season with a run of only 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses that saw us drop down into 5th place. A big part of this was down to my choosing to play our second choice XI in a lot of these games as we faced some serious fixture congestion... Which brings me to the good news! We won both the Champions League and the FA Cup! This makes it the second season in a row that we'll ha
  8. Thanks! With all the ins and outs this summer I've balanced the formation out a little bit - I'm a little worried that it might blunt Tierney's attacking influence, but hopefully it's still a change for the better, given all the new players I've brought in. As you can see from that starting XI there have been big changes at Arsenal in the summer of 2020. Departures (Total £196m) Aubameyang to Real Madrid for £70m Xhaka to Leicester for £39m Guendouzi to Fiorentina for £18.25m Elneny to AC Milan for £18m Mustafi to Aston Villa for £16m Sokratis
  9. I've just finished up the 19/20 season in a save that I set up so that I could takeover at the exact point in the league season that Arteta took control - just before the Everton game in game-week 18. After a few early losses to Bournemouth and Chelsea while the team was learning my tactics and I was working out the kinks, we settled into a decent groove in the league and were eventually able to (in our second-to-last game) overtake Spurs and finish the season in 5th. We unfortunately lost the EFL Cup final to Chelsea and were bumped out of the FA Cup in the quarter finals by Southampton, but
  10. 2018/19 Season Review: FA Cup: Knocked out in the 5th round by Watford... Europa League: Knocked out on away goals in the quarter-finals to Dinamo Kiev... Carabao Cup: Lost on penalties in the final to Manchester United... Premier League: We've won the league! On the final day, with a 1-1 draw against Southampton. Manchester United pushed us all the way, but we managed to pull it out despite a poor performance that saw us lose the possession battle for the first time all season. The Squad: Star Man: Alex Iwobi! 19 goals and 11 assists in all competiti
  11. @Dallan Thank you! That was both extremely thorough and extremely helpful.
  12. Is there a way to add real fixtures to the advanced rules? I had made a file previously with the real fixtures and results for the 2018 MLS season using basic rules, but can't figure out how to merge that with this file. Is it possible?
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