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  1. FM15: Arsenal FC

    Just finished my first season as Arsenal and it didn't go as well as I had planned at all after finding myself struggling to get a tactic to work! First things first, I'll give you my transfer activity: Summer Transfer Window Ins Javier Pastore - £33 million for PSG Sokratis Papastathopoulos - £12.75 million from Dortmund James Milner - £16.5 million from Man City (I have no idea why I went through with this!) Vincent Wanyama - £16.5 million from Southampton Pavel Savitskiy - £100K from Neman Grodno Outs Joel Campbell - £15 million to Monaco Mathieu Flamini - £5 million to Zenit Lukas Podolski - £14.5 million to Roma January Transfer Window Ins Sergi Roberto - £2.2 million from Barcelona Joe Gomez - £5.25 million from Charlton (loaned back untill end of season) Outs Francis Coquelin - £1 million to Crystal Palace Abou Diaby - £1 million to Lorient Natxo Monreal - £6.75 million to Southampton Things started out well as I beat Man City in the Community Shield 9-8 on penalties after a 3-3 draw, with us coming back from 3-1 down. However, we had a bad start in the league. Despite winning our first league game, we only won 1 of our next 8 games! (a 3-1 win away to Man Utd) Results began to pick up in the league but were never anything spectaular. On top of this, we were drawn in a group of death in the Champions League, drawn alongside Juventus, Ajax and Monaco. Despite the tough group, we managed to go through in second place with 13 points, 1 point behind Juventus. As all of this was going on my second team was slowly working their way through the Capital One Cup with good wins against Sunderland, Hull and Leicester coming before Christmas. With the turn of the year we beat Doncaster and West Brom in the FA Cup before going out in a replay against Southampton. Despite this, we beat Southampton in the Capital One Cup semi final over two legs to set up a final at Wembley against Man City, a repeat of the Community Shield. At around the same time we had to play Barcelona in the first knockout round of the Champions League, a consequence of only finishing second in the group stage. We won the first leg at home 3-2. and were winning the second leg at the Nou Camp 2-1 until the 84th minute, from where Barcelona scored two goals to take the game to extra time. In extra time, you could tell the players legs had gone and were running on empty, as Barcelona scored 3 more past us to end the game 6-2 and the tie 8-5 on aggregate. With us still struggling to break into the top 4 in the league, the Capital One Cup final came upon us, and Manchester City awaited us at Wembley. I could see that this was the only chance of success this season and so played the first team. We got off to a great start with Mesut Ozil scoring after 3 minutes, and we went on from there to win the game and the trophy comfortably with a 4-0 victory! League results picked up for a while and as the season's end grew near, it seemed like we may nick a place in the top four, however after drawing three of our four final matches, we fell out of the running for a Champions League spot and finished the season 7th with 66 points. The League standings were: 1st - Chelsea 2nd - Tottenham 3rd - Liverpool 4th - Everton 5th - Man Utd 6th - Man City 7th - Arsenal 8th - Southampton 9th Aston Villa 10th- Newcastle 11th - Swansea 12th - West Brom 13th - Stoke 14th - QPR 15th - Sunderland 16th - Leicester 17th - Hull 18th - Crystal Palace 19th - Burnley 20th - West Ham Luckily I was rewarded with a new contract after negotiating my way through the group stages of the Champions League so my job should be safe for now. I will be looking to rebuild the squad over the summer as hopefully I'll be given a decent transfer budget with which to do this with, and hopefully I'll perform much better in my second season and find a tactic which gets the best out of the players available to me!
  2. I'm in the summer after the 13/14 season, having just finished second in the league to my friend who's playing as Man Utd in a network game by one point. Looking for a ball winning midfielder who can play in the first team for me, I already have Fellaini and Wanyama. Any help would be appreciated thanks
  3. FM 13 Looking for thread

    Club: Arsenal Budget: £40M Looking for: Ball winning midfielder With: Ability to play in a first team challenging for the title Other: Already have Fellaini and Wanyama Season: Just finished 13/14 season.
  4. Can someone help me?

    I've been playing a network game with my friend, I'm Arsenal and he's Man Utd. We've just finished the 13/14 season and I finished one point behind him in the league, finishing second. This summer I'm looking for a top quality ball winning midfielder to add to my squad but I'm not sure who to go for. I already have Fellaini by the way. Any help you could give me would be much appreciated
  5. Swansea - any help?

    Get Marco Verratti for about £2.5 million. World beater.
  6. Thirteen winners and the only shock victory has been Porto. Marseille and Lyon have both made the final though...
  7. Just wondering if this happens to other people often and if they hate it as much as I do? Having to play all the big teams consecutively can damage irreparably the teams confidence if you lose a couple of these and ruin your whole season!
  8. noikeee - Wow! He is an absolute beast!
  9. As the title suggests, I'm just wondering if anyone has loved a player as much as I love my Marco Verratti on my Wolves save. I signed him within a month of being appointed manager, with him taking up a large chunk of my transfer budget, costing £2.5 million. Of course I expected him to be a good signing for a few seasons until I got Wolves up to title challengers, at which point I imagined I would sell him for being out of his depth. However he went on to become the most feared midfielder in the Premier League and is still playing well for me at 29 years old. Even after signing younger players for big money who can play in his position, I can't bring myself to sell him on, even though he is close to being beyond his best years, where his value will significantly drop. This goes against my usual policy of selling players on once they reach about 28/29 but I think I will keep him at the club till he retires, to repay his loyalty to me and the club.
  10. As the title suggests, what's your best ever feeling on Football Manager? For me, the moment when your Brazilian wonderkid comes back after three years on loan at your feeder club and he finally has a work permit. The waiting just seems to make it so much better when he finally can play. Of course if he starts bagging goals straight away it helps as well
  11. November overview FK Austria Wien 1 - 2 Wolves (Champions League) Ante Rebic (51) Ricardo Carvalho (53) Mbaye Niang (90+4) Not good enough at all! We got lucky with a late goal fortunately. We now only need one more point from the remaining two games to qualify for the knockout rounds. Wolves 2 - 0 Southampton (Premier League) Dedryck Boyata (6, 42) A good win, with Boyata getting among the goals yet again. He’s been great for goal scoring ever since I signed him! Arsenal 2 - 1 Wolves Roberto Lamberti (30) Daniel Esposito (52) Marek Hamsik (71) Another loss in the league takes us to three for the season. This certainly isn’t good enough and I will be looking to change things up to give us a chance for the title. Wolves 3 - 0 Bolton (Premier Division) Ricardo Carvalho (18, 56) Paulinho (49) A simple victory, everything went as expected, just hope for more of the same. Ajax 3 - 0 Wolves (Champions League) Remy Collard own goal (34) Paulinho (41) Deulofeu (75) A great victory which secures us qualification from the group. Unfortunately I’m five points away from Valencia so will be unable to claim first place in the group. West Brom 0 – 0 Wolves A very disappointing game where in all honesty we were lucky to take a point Summary Another disappointing month, where five more points were dropped. Perhaps it might be more realistic to just concentrate on getting in the top four this season and looking for silverware in the cups
  12. October overview Wolves 2 - 0 Everton (Premier League) Andre Ayew (33, 48) A win was expected and it's just what the team managed. Good to see that even at 30 Andre Ayew is still playing well. Newcastle 1 - 4 Wolves (Premier League) Dedryck Boyata (26, 81) Zargo Toure own goal (37) Ante Vukusic (49) Mbaye Niang (84) A great result away to a strong Newcastle side. Unfortunate to see that they scored with their only shot on target however. Wolves 5 - 0 FK Austria Wien (Champions League) Mbaye Niang (45+2) Nicoloas Broich own goal (65) Dedryck Boyata (70) Jaozinho (86) Tasos Karpontinis (90+2) A big win was always expected here, and it took us up to second in our group with four points from three games. Birmingham 1 - 1 Wolves (Premier League) Mbaye Niang (25) Stuart Wooley (31) I expected a win here and was very disappointed with the teams failure to pick up three points. It was a fair result though, as both teams shared possession evenly. Swansea 0 - 2 Wolves (League Cup fourth round) Ricardo Carvalho (34) Daniel Esposito (73) A good victory which takes us to the quarter finals, where we shall meet Arsenal. Wolves 6 - 0 West Ham (Premier League) Mbaye Niang (2, 21, 24, 51, 65) Andre Ayew (20) An unbelievable performance from Niang who received a perfect 10.0 rating for this game. Summary In October we got five victories and one draw from six games, which sounds great, however when you look at the teams we played I would have expected a perfect six wins from six. We will have to perform well against the bigger teams now to make up for the dropped points so far.
  13. September overview Wolves 8 - 0 Wigan (Premier League) Stephan Mohamed (1, 4) Mbaye Niang (11) Daniel Esposito (15, 41) Dedryck Boyata (45+1) Jaozinho (69) Ricardo Carvalho (71) A great start to the month, dominated from start to finish and the big victory raised the squads morale Wolves 0 - 0 Ajax (Champions League) A disappointing performance from the attackers, 17 shots compared to Ajax's 1, however we just couldn't finish. Wolves 4 - 1 Charlton (Premier League) Ricardo Carvalho (18, 29) Jan Faerber (37) Paulinho (78, 88) A good victory but no less than should be expected. Dominated throughout. Wolves 4 - 0 Aston Villa (League Cup 3rd round) Marco Verratti (10, 46) Danny Wilson (16) Stephane Mohamed (77) Made a few changes to the lineup, due to not being to bothered about the League Cup, however it didn't affect the team whatsoever and we were deserved winners. Manchester United 2 - 0 Wolves Chris Smalling (30) Javier Hernandez (55) The first real test for the team this season and we were disappointing. We had 55% of the possession but did nothing with the ball and didn't deserve to take points from this game. Valencia 4 - 3 Wolves (Champions League) Sergey Bodrov (4, 42) Andre Ayew (7, 45+2) Mbaye Niang (59) Jiri Chladek (61) John Taument (89) Very disappointing result, especially after leading at the hour mark. One point from two games is simply not good enough, bearing in mind that in my previous five seasons in European football I have always got a minimum of 15 points at the group stage. Improvement needed as we go into October.
  14. Transfer window shuts It's been a quiet transfer window for me this summer, with the only players I've brought in being youth players who have either gone straight out on loan or into the under 18's squad. In terms of outgoings, it's mostly just been loans, however I did let Hennie Ten Heuvel leave, he was my fourth choice centre back who I signed for £4 million last season. Chelsea offered me £4 million to begin with, I told them they could have him if they doubled their bid and they came back with £8 million
  15. August overview Wolves 2 - 0 Arsenal (Community Shield) Laurent Lauren own goal (65) Ricardo Carvalho (80) As stated earlier, the Community certainly wasn't a priority and I made us of all 5 allowed substitutions throughout the game. Having said that it was nice to come out with a victory to start the season and to claim the Shield for a fourth consecutive year. Leicester 3 - 1 Wolves (Premier League) Mbaye Niang (27) Oliver Norwood (37) Steeven Joseph-Monrose (Pen 71) Matt Jarvis (75) A terrible way to kick off the league season! After taking the lead against a side like Leicester I felt comfortable that a win was in the bag! However once they took the lead at 2-1 I went very attacking to try and get back into the game, however it backfired, as Leicester scored another goal with a fast counter attack which effectively killed the game off. Wolves 2 - 0 Swansea (Premier League) Slobodan Mejodovic own goal (2) Paulinho (38) A return to winning ways thankfully, the game was over early and Swansea never looked like staging a comeback. Tottenham 0 - 2 Wolves Marco Verratti (1) Danny Wilson (33) Easily the highlight of the month, as on paper this was by far the toughest game we would play in the league and I saw this as a potential tie where we could slip up when I looked at the August fixtures to begin with, however, after the opening day loss against Leicester I now saw this as a must win game, and luckily the team played great, again scoring the goals early on and then never looking like conceding. Summary After 3 games into the season we have 6 points from a possible 9 which isn't too bad, but then you see that 3 points were dropped to Leicester, a side we should be beating with ease, it is quite disappointing. On the bright side though, I did manage to bring more silverware into the club with the Community Shield victory.