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Arsenal F.C The Gunners The Emirates Stadium 2019/2020 Season Kits 2018–2019: Post Wenger Era After conducting an overhaul in the club's operating model to coincide with Wenger's departure, Basque-Spaniard Unai Emery was named as the club's new head coach on 23 May 2018. He would become the club's first ever 'head coach', while also their second ever manager from outside the United Kingdom. In Emery's first season, Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and reached the final of the Europa League, where they lost 4-1 to Chelsea. On November 29, 2019, Emery was sacked after a 2–1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stages. The club were on a seven game winless run across all competitions and there was a eight point gap to fourth place in the Premier League after 13 games. Former player and assistant first team coach Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as the interim head-coach Emery's record was - Played 78, Won 43, Drew 16, Lost 19 with a win percentage of 55.1%, a respectable record on paper. *All information taken from wikipedia
Long story short! This weekend I was finally able to watch an Arsenal match from start to finish. Except for the first 10 minutes or so of the 2nd half, so I don't know if Pepe replaced Nketiah in the half-time or a few minutes into the 2nd half. But that's irrelevant to the topic anyway. What I like about replication attempts is that each of us can see the same thing (i.e. tactic) in a different way. This will be mine, but you are all welcome to share your thoughts as well as your entire tactical setups aimed at replicating Arteta's tactic(s) in this particular match (against Sheff Utd). From what I saw watching the match - and my observations could well be wrong - is that in the 1st half Arsenal played in the 523 wide formation (with wing-backs and wingers/wide forwards), even though it was officially portrayed as the flat 3-4-3. In the 2nd half though, he switched to the standard 4231, except for the last 20-ish minutes, when he changed it back to the 523. Again, feel free to disagree with me In this opening post I am going to sketch out Arteta's starting 523 tactic the way I saw it. The 2nd-half tactic will be dealt with in the following post. Basically, the most interesting to me was Saka's role. When Arsenal was in possession, he would occupy the AMC area. But when they defended - which was a very rare occurrence though - he played in the LWB position. Which suggest to me that his most probable role - in FM terms at least - was an IWB on attack duty. The rest of the setup was, more or less, fairly easy to figure out. So here is what I would go with in terms of roles and duties: PFat IFsu IWsu DLPde CAR IWBat WBsu BDPde CDco CDde SKde GK/SKde - Leno CDL/BPDde - Tierney CDC/CDco - Gabriel CDR/CDde - Luiz LWB/IWBat - Saka RWB/WBsu - Bellerin MCL/DLPde - Ceballos MCR/CAR - Elneny AML/IFsu - Aubameyang AMR/IWsu - Willian STC/PFat - Nketiah NOTE: One thing that is (arguably) impossible to replicate in FM are Tierney's overlapping runs when he is played as a CB. When it comes to instructions, this is my personal interpretation: Mentality - Positive In possession - shorter passing, lower tempo, play out of defence, fairly narrow, work ball into box & be more expressive In transition - counter Out of possession - higher d-line & split block with the front 3 + CAR (Elneny)
Hi all im just starting my 5th season as Arsenal and due to being unable to resist a transfer listed bargain 🤑 ive ended up stockpiling 4 AMC / Shadow Strikers but only need 2 one first choice and a backup. I like all 4 and just cant choose which 2 to sell and which 2 to keep. Who out of the players below would you keep as a shadow striker? And why? Personal experience? Odegaard (only £6.5m couldn't resist) Mount (only £8.5m) Cherki Smith-Rowe Thanks in advance!
I'm new so I don't know how much this has been discussed here, but I have seen older threads about the women's game from a few years ago. I understand that SI say that the Women's game needs to bring in Championship level crowds before they consider scouting it. Is it me, or does anyone else think this is an excessive number expected? Most of the women's teams play at lower league grounds, and so will never bring in 20k+ crowds regularly until we see the teams being treated as separate entities to the Men's game. However, in the last two years, we have seen games reach Premier League crowds. England are doing really well and it's an exciting competition. Not everyone is going to want to play it, but can I point out how little interest I have in playing about 80% of the leagues on the Men's game. It would help give the game a boost, with a proper collection of players and NextGen's that aren't generated as 'Alan' or 'Mike'. Surely SI can make enough through all their games to do something small, even if it's a small challenge or mini-game alongside the men's league. Would it not be possible to have a possible selection on the 'New Career' menu where you could pick 'Men, Women or both'? What do people think? What do SI say now, knowing how much the Women's game has grown in the last 24 months? Or are they not really interested?