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[FM16] Gunning for Glory. Taking the Arsenal back to the top

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Apart from a hiccup in the Champions League, October was perfect

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and we remain top of the table on goal difference ahead of....Aston Villa :eek:

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with another Manager of the Month award too

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Hey mate, can you show Giroud and Calleri's stats over the seasons? They seem to be on fire for you

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Hey mate, can you show Giroud and Calleri's stats over the seasons? They seem to be on fire for you

Sure. Here's Giroud's scoring record

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and Calleri's

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I think I got rid of Giroud at the right time, and Vietto is simply a beast. He is averaging a goal a game for Arsenal, and he's not even at his peak yet.

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An up and down November, which started with a great win against Chelsea, followed by Champions League victory at home to Sparta Prague. We battered Everton but somehow came away beaten, despite scoring first. We went 3-0 up against Bournemouth, before going down to 10 men and conceding two goals, but held on for the win, and ended the month with an uneventful 0-0 draw in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

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all of which leaves us with a three point advantage in the Premier League

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This is a great AAR, I'm loving it.

If I could make some suggestions however it would be to post the squad stats at the end of the season as well as your top scorer and assister as that's always cool to see!

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This is a great AAR, I'm loving it.

If I could make some suggestions however it would be to post the squad stats at the end of the season as well as your top scorer and assister as that's always cool to see!

I'm happy to add scoring charts to the end of season review, thanks for the feedback and for reading the thread :)

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Champions League update

Not the best sequence of results in the Champions League

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but more than good enough to qualify

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Apart from dropping 2 points when Watford equalised after 87 minutes, and a narrow defeat to Man City, December was a very good month

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and we have a 4 point lead at the top despite the defeat to City

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and I'm on the Manager of the Month shortlist again

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There were no arrivals in the January transfer window, but I did raise some funds for a summer spending spree with a couple of departures

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Another unbeaten month in February

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and we're 10 points clear, although Chelsea have a game in hand

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all of which got me on the shortlist again

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March was another unbeaten month

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And we're now 8 points clear in the Premier League

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The Champions League Draw certainly could have been worse

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Apart from a heavy second leg Champions League defeat, it was a perfect April

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as we secured the title by hammering Middlesbrough

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ending the month 10 points clear of Man City, with a game in hand

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and winning me another Manager of the Month award

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With the league already won, I left May's League fixtures in the hands of my Ass Man

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and we ended up 14 points clear at the top

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End of season review

Goalscorers

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and these stats show how we've dominated the season

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Preseason update

It's been a very busy, successful preseason on the pitch

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and in the transfer market too

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Leaving my squad looking like this on the eve of our opening Premier League match

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This August's fixtures were arguably as tough an opening as we could have had, and to emerge with 9 points from 12, and only a narrow defeat in the other game was a great start

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and that start has us behind only Liverpool in the early table

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and nominated for Manager of the Month yet again

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There was to be one final piece of transfer business before the window closed, as I added a left back to the squad

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I paid the £70m to meet his release clause because he's a high quality player and meets the age profile of players I have signed, so he'll be a feature for years to come

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This season is set to be massively important. Bring the title home again and we'll join Liverpool on 18 wins, just 2 behind Man Utd. We also require 3 more Capital One Cups (shouldn't be a problem), and 4 more Champions League titles. It's this one that represents the biggest challenge as far as I'm concerned. I'm also hoping over the coming years that some of my youngsters will break into the team, reducing our average age even further.

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In all the excitement of the summer, I forgot to mention that Arsene Wenger left the club at the end of the season and has retired

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I've replaced him as DoF with Damien Comolli who was already at the club

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An unbeaten September, but we dropped two late points against Newcastle

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and we've gone top of the table

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October started with a good draw in Turkey, we had a perfect 9 points out of 9 in the league, a European win in Ludogorets, and ended with a penalty shoot out defeat to Tottenham

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and resulted in a 3 point lead at the top of the league

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as well as a Manager of the Month award

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November was a poor month. It started with a decent win against Everton, followed by a mauling of Ludogorets in Europe. We didn't turn up against Man Utd, and were deservedly beaten. The next 2 games defy logic, as first we threw away a 2-0 advantage against Leicester, then stunningly, a three goal lead disappeared against Atletico. The month ended with a narrow, fortunate victory at home to Aston Villa

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and we end the month top by 1 point, but Tottenham have a game in hand (which will be played on 1st December)

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Too much Arsenal success and now Bale is a gooner.:(

Great stuff for you but not pleasant viewing.;)

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Too much Arsenal success and now Bale is a gooner.:(

Great stuff for you but not pleasant viewing.;)

You shouldn't be too downhearted. Spurs are becoming our biggest challengers on a regular basis. As for Bale, he was available on a free as his Madrid contract expired, and I didn't want him going to another PL rival. It was more of a spoiler for other teams than us actually needed him. Especially as he doesn't fit our usual profile of signing players aged 20-24.

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:mad: Absolutely fuming!! Third time on FM16 that I've saved a game to go and do something else (on this occasion cook my son's dinner). Returned to load the game back up, and greeted with the 'saved game could not be loaded' error. It's a cloud save, and there doesn't seem to be a way to get it to load or access an earlier version. Can anyone offer any advice before I ask for (yet another) FM16 thread to be closed?

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