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  1. FM17: Arsenal

    I'm in the second season after having a great first one, winning the Premier League, EFL and Champions League. In the second season, things are going well but having a bit of a think with defensive recruitment after Debuchy broke his leg and is now out til April. The back four looks like: DR: Bellerin, Debuchy, Chambers (+2 regens in youth team - 4.5* and 3*) DCr: Mustafi, Chambers DCl: Koscielny, Gabriel, (+Holding who's out on loan) DL: Monreal, Gibbs Problems: Debuchy injury leaves us short in numbers at the back for cover, espec RB. Chambers/Mustafi aren't really suited to the attacking RB role. Promising U18 players aren't really ready for much more than the odd EFL cup game. Monreal is getting older, and need to start thinking about a future LB signing. Struggling to identify any LBs who can actually defend. Coming up to the January window, and trying to work out who to sign as defensive cover for Debuchy who's Arsenal career I think is over. Also Monreal is not getting any younger but his performances are still great. Potential Solutions: Buy a RB, like Nelson Semedo for ~ £14m, £50k p/w and play Chambers at CB. Sell Semedo when promising youngsters ready for back-up role. Buy a CB. Several options from established internationals to some promising youngsters. Buy a LB, but struggling to identify one that can defend adequately. Buy Jairo Riedewald (£25m, £50k p/w) as a CB initially and then move him to LB when Monreal gets too old; but R. Madrid also want him. Chambers then becomes my back-up RB. What do you think I should do and do you have any recommendations for LB to replace Monreal in the future (defensive ability is more important than attacking for me in this position)? Also how has Holding developed for you guys. He performed ok in his first season but Chambers looks better in my eyes. Hasn't really improved much under me or whilst on loan.
  2. MSN roles and PIs

    I had Mesut Ozil as an AMR with those instructions minus Get further forward in my first season as Arsenal and he was exceptional. Let's not forget that Messi and Ozil do actually have right foot and that the "roams from position" instruction combined with sit narrow makes him really act like an AMC. Plus an AMR is very rarely man-marked as who's going to man-mark him without leaving a huge gap? As an AMC the opposition can if give you more attention with a DM or defensive CM devoted to you and the area is more crowded. As an AMR he is nicely in the halfspace between FB and CB and drives diagonally inwards. If the FB closes him down the your RB has the flank free to attack the byline and hit a cross to your on-rushing strikers. If the CB closes him then he can pass the ball to your ST or AML, one of which normally is able to find space. If neither of those occur, he can recycle the ball as you have central dominance with him adding an extra man in the middle. Last season as Arsenal I had: AMR - Mesut Ozil - Advanced Playmaker attack, sit narrower, roam from position - 47 apps, 17 goals, 22 assists, AML - Lucas Perez - Inside Forward attack, stay wider - 29 (11) apps, 13 goals, 7 assists ST- Alexis - Complete Forward attack - 43(6) apps, 30 goals, 13 assists
  3. MSN roles and PIs

    Messi = AMR - Advanced Playmaker attack. Sit narrower, Roam from position, (Get further forward?) Neymar = AML - Inside Forward attack. Stay wider? Suarez = Complete Forward support. Moves into channels. That's how I would set them up.
  4. I wonder whether this is a problem of the high press being too efficient or of poor AI squad management/building so your Arsenal team is miles ahead of the opposition?
  5. Fm and windows 10

    If you have any problems with it loading after updating to Win10. Back up the files in My Documents, then uninstall and reinstall FM and it should work.
  6. I think the key to beating a flat 343 is not to get overloaded in defense, so you don't want to have super-aggressive full-backs. Maybe one attacking and one defending or both support. Then you basically want to transition quickly up the field when you get the ball back, preferably working the ball down the flanks behind their sole wide midfielder.
  7. If you can get it to be balanced then yeah sure the benefits could outweigh the drawbacks. Lets not forget that every way of playing has advantages and disadvantages
  8. Yeah I've been successful with Napoli on an earlier version of FM with that formation but a DM rather than a flat 3 in midfield. It requires a very good right wing back, a good CMa to link to the strikers and fairly intelligent central midfield to not lose the ball early in buildup in particularly dangerous ways. It also helps if your CBr is fairly quick to cover for your RWB and your CBl is good in the air to deal with the crosses down your right flank.
  9. It's hard to comment specifically as only you can see how it plays. Generally speaking, it could work especially against mid-to-lower quality teams to open them it up and generate space. However, it could result in a chaotic midfield, where they are too spaced out, or poorly linked together so cannot find each other easily. Against very poor sides that sit deep, they might be able to counter through the middle if your roaming players are caught out of position. Agaisnt very good sides, they may be intelligent enough to zonally mark the roaming players and exploit the space you leave. But this is speaking generally and so you need to actually look at what is happening in your matches.
  10. This is interesting but I think you should reconsider having no wage raises as if you have a player come from your youth academy for example then you will never be able to offer them new contracts as they will always want a wage increase. Also as players improve under your training and increase in reputation they will want raises.
  11. I dunno for the 3232 you could try: -------AFa--CFs----- --IFs----------------- ----------APa--DWs- -------HB--DMs----- -FBs-CBc-BPDd---- -------SKa SKa - Bravo or Stegen FBs - Alba CBc - Mathieu or Vermaelen BPD - Pique HB - Busquets DMs - Rakitic APa - Iniesta DWs - Cuadrado if bought, Alves currently IFs - Neymar AFa - Suarez CFs - Messi You could try and use marking and pressing to direct opponent play down your left side to avoid the gaping hole behind Cuadrado but otherwise it could work.
  12. Does the PPM "Tries one-twos"mean that they will initiate the one-two move (ie pass and then receive) or be the man bumping the ball off (ie receive and then pass)? I'm playing FM13 if that makes any difference. I imagine the PPM does both but just wanted to check before committing 6 months of game time to someone to learn it. PS perhaps this thread should be stickied, I thought it used to be but it took me about 15 mins to find.
  13. FM13: Should I buy or sell thread

    Thanks, just about ready to get back stuck into FM now my exams are over.
  14. FM13: Should I buy or sell thread

    a quick bump up