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Summer window before season three done and dusted. In terms of outgoings Lucas left for 16 millions, Asano and the homesick Monreal for 7.5 millions each and Bielik for 4. To replace Monreal I bought the attacking minded Marcelo Saracchi for 10 milions from River Plate, and to be a future backup for Bellerin I bought the regen Robin Ferrett for 9 millions.

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2 hours ago, Sysiphus said:

 

Marcelo seems great, never heard of him before

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1 hour ago, itamarled said:

Marcelo seems great, never heard of him before

Me neither. He lacks in some defensive attributes but I might go to a three at the back formation if this season doesn't start well with my 4-2-3-1. I think he and Bellerin would be great as wing backs.

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9 hours ago, Sysiphus said:

Me neither. He lacks in some defensive attributes but I might go to a three at the back formation if this season doesn't start well with my 4-2-3-1. I think he and Bellerin would be great as wing backs.

his positional familiarity is bit different on mine he's listed as m/aml / d/wb (l) also his attributes arent as good

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16 hours ago, arsenalthebest said:

his positional familiarity is bit different on mine he's listed as m/aml / d/wb (l) also his attributes arent as good

Yeah, to be fair his attributes suggest he would be best used as ML.

16 hours ago, arsenalthebest said:

very nice win with a second team

 

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I see you stuck it through with Bielik. Always injury prone for me and doesn't progress at all during his loan spells. How is he for you?

2 hours ago, Yoeri said:

Özil can leave I think :p 

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Looks very good! 

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Just now, Sysiphus said:

Yeah, to be fair his attributes suggest he would be best used as ML.

I see you stuck it through with Bielik. Always injury prone for me and doesn't progress at all during his loan spells. How is he for you?

Looks very good! 

He will cost me 25 million euros

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Brazilian regens are everything right now. They all are huge prospects and very low buy-out clausule. :) 

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17 minutes ago, Yoeri said:

Brazilian regens are everything right now. They all are huge prospects and very low buy-out clausule. :) 

I presume they are from the Brazilian leagues

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On 04/06/2018 at 18:23, Sysiphus said:

Yeah, to be fair his attributes suggest he would be best used as ML.

I see you stuck it through with Bielik. Always injury prone for me and doesn't progress at all during his loan spells. How is he for you?

Looks very good! 

Pretty good i restrained him as a cm 

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2 minutes ago, arsenalthebest said:

I presume they are from the Brazilian leagues

Yeah mate. I bought these players:

€6,250,000 
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€15,000,000
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€7,500,000
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€3,400,000
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€20,000,000
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€19,500,000
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€8,750,000
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3 hours ago, Yoeri said:

Yeah mate. I bought these players:

€6,250,000 
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€15,000,000
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€7,500,000
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€3,400,000
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€20,000,000
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€19,500,000
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€8,750,000
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Any chance you an post those in English I don’t speak Dutch

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Benfica just signed this beast:
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So I started an Arsenal save.....

This is post update, so Walcott, Alexis etc have moved on. My style is that I develop my tactic, mainly based on the personal philosophy of "good" football but accounting for the playing staff, preferring to develop younger players, so call me a bit of a Wenger/Pep hybrid of a stubborn one tactic manager not spending big bucks.

My expectations were in line with the board's, getting back into the Champions League would be success. For the first time I think I worked out tactics a little better than I do usually, I stubbornly stuck to a 4-2-3-1 wide. my eureka moment being to keep both the 2 central midfielders quite defensive while basing everything else on a short passing game, building from the back and working the ball into either Aubameyang or Lacazette.

This created a tactic where I would mostly draw the opposite team onto my players in my own half and high up their own half, while passing around them, stretching their midfield and leaving their defence isolated. 

The result was an exciting season of exchanging the lead with Man Utd, overcoming an early 1-5 drubbing by Man City to running into an horrendous April run in of A Spurs, A Man Utd, A Chelsea, A Liverpool with a Europa League semi final against Celtic thrown in for good measure. At that point we almost become unstuck as I messed with mentality to try to eek out some points, getting just 2 points from those 4 games and giving Man Utd the chance to go top with their game in hand. Luckily for me, they unexpectedly lost away to Brighton, leaving the title to the last game of the season, they were away to already relegated Huddersfield and me at home to safe Crystal Palace. Man Utd started coasting to victory in their game, while I was struggling with a 0-0 until Aubameyang banged in a 68th minute winner to clinch the title.

 

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That left us with a Europa League final against AC Milan. Learning from my league games, I went with my Control/Fluid mentality and shape that I used in the majority of games, playing to my strengths, and we came in easy 2-1 winners.

Player highlights were Aubameyang beating Thierry Henry's league goals record by one to get 31 from 35 games, and Welbeck being a major contributor, weighing in with 12 goals from an inside left position. As others have mentioned in their saves, Ozil seems largely average, with just 2 assists from 21 league games, he lost his place to a rampant Jack Wilshere who added goals from the AMC advanced playmaker position.

Transfer activity was light, with only Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt purchased for £15.75m as a long term replacement for the retiring Per Mertesacker before the season started, with Daniele Rugani bought in January for a cut-price £26.5m following his transfer listing by Juve.

This leaves me in the off-season of 2018/2019. Man City/Paris SG/Barcelona are permanently interested in half of the first team, who all want new contracts. Most of whom I would quite like to leave on over-inflated prices but the interest hasn't turned into meaningful offers other than for Welbeck who couldn't agree terms with Man City and Koscielny who has gone to Real Madrid for £26.5m (I thought a good price for 32 years old).

Kiernan Tierney has joined from Celtic for £21.5m pending the departure of one of Monreal or  preferably Kolasniac for around £52m if PSG or Barcelona can muster a bid. Otherwise I am left eyeing up targets that I would quite like Ozil's wages and fee to pay for if anyone would take him, which they aren't :)

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We are currently in season five. Won the previous four titles. 

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Lost away at West Ham and Spurs, unfortunately.

A few of my highest rated players:
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This guy came through our youth system and looks an exciting prospect.

 

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12 hours ago, Yoeri said:

We are currently in season five. Won the previous four titles. 

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Lost away at West Ham and Spurs, unfortunately.

A few of my highest rated players:
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Doing well mate, keep it up!

11 hours ago, Parmie said:

This guy came through our youth system and looks an exciting prospect.

 

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This one is amazing. Make sure you train him well!

In my game I am third after 19 games, 6 points behind City. Very happy with this win though:

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Look at the estimated cost! Won't capitalize on this though as I wouldn't enjoy this "glitch". Made one signing in Januray, brought in the wonderkid Mirel Matan for 2.9 millions to take over Welbeck's backup position to Lacazette on the left wing in about two years time and to maybe take over from Lacazette soon after that. Looks like he could become good with his personality and rounded attributes.

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That's a nice win against our rival, nice done. :D 

Mirel is looking very good. Hopefully he can become your number one striker in a few years.
 

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18 hours ago, Sysiphus said:

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Look at the estimated cost! Won't capitalize on this though as I wouldn't enjoy this "glitch". Made one signing in Januray, brought in the wonderkid Mirel Matan for 2.9 millions to take over Welbeck's backup position to Lacazette on the left wing in about two years time and to maybe take over from Lacazette soon after that. Looks like he could become good with his personality and rounded attributes.

I don't think that's a bug, actually! I've found that the AI managers for City don't rate Sterling. He was released on a free at the end of his contract in my game and is now at Watford. Go for him if you're interested(or you can see whether he gets released and maybe snap him up for free if his contract expires at the end of the season).

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29 minutes ago, hasdgfas said:

I don't think that's a bug, actually! I've found that the AI managers for City don't rate Sterling. He was released on a free at the end of his contract in my game and is now at Watford. Go for him if you're interested(or you can see whether he gets released and maybe snap him up for free if his contract expires at the end of the season).

Yeah, I know it isn't really a "bug" per se, but I don't find it in line with real world football and I don't enjoy my games when I capitalize on those things. :)

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Started managing Arsenal, first trying to replicate George Graham's Arsenal side and now Don Revie's Leeds. Was going to restart but then I got this guy in my youth intake... not anymore!

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Finishing 15, Anticipation 14, Off the Ball 12, Composure 13. All at 15 years old. After he's done, he's going to make Henry's goal record look like Francis Jeffers!

I think I'll throw him straight into the first team as a Poacher in my cross heavy 4-4-2, and keep him there until he's 40.

Anyone have any suggestions? I want to tutor him with Ibrahimovic (Perfectionist + Shoots With Power + 17 Determination) but I really don't want a diva on my hands. I think I'll train him as a poacher but I'm worried he'll become one-dimensional, however I do want him to maximize his attacking attributes. 

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5 hours ago, FlairRA said:

Started managing Arsenal, first trying to replicate George Graham's Arsenal side and now Don Revie's Leeds. Was going to restart but then I got this guy in my youth intake... not anymore!

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Finishing 15, Anticipation 14, Off the Ball 12, Composure 13. All at 15 years old. After he's done, he's going to make Henry's goal record look like Francis Jeffers!

I think I'll throw him straight into the first team as a Poacher in my cross heavy 4-4-2, and keep him there until he's 40.

Anyone have any suggestions? I want to tutor him with Ibrahimovic (Perfectionist + Shoots With Power + 17 Determination) but I really don't want a diva on my hands. I think I'll train him as a poacher but I'm worried he'll become one-dimensional, however I do want him to maximize his attacking attributes. 

his bravery and pace are a bit of a turn off for me

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24 minutes ago, arsenalthebest said:

his bravery and pace are a bit of a turn off for me

Bravery doesn't matter too much to me, I've had low Bravery players do very well before. Pace could be a problem but his other mental attributes should make up for it. 

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I don't think you need a Zlatan for that. Aubameyang is a great poacher, but I don't know his determination. 

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19 hours ago, Yoeri said:

I don't think you need a Zlatan for that. Aubameyang is a great poacher, but I don't know his determination. 

13 Determination and a Fairly Ambitious personality, would much prefer Zlatan for the reasons listed above. Perfectionist is fantastic.  

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Season 2:

Another long league war with Man Utd, however, they only lost 1 all season and were impossible to keep up with. I lost a few away games against lower opposition I would normally have expected to beat. Perhaps I should have kept Koscielny as one of my few senior players. I also made first team changes on the left and replaced the central midfield, maybe the time to make those partnership relationships impacted on results.

I made a decision to ignore my preferred approach and blew the transfer kitty, I have a vision of the 2 central midfielders in my 4-2-3-1 being technically good but physically imposing, Xhaka and Elneny had been fulfilling this in the first season but I felt they could be improve upon. I also needed improving at left back and cover for right back. So I spent £21.5m on Kieran Tieney from Celtic (mentioned above under season 1), Bakayoko was listed by Chelsea so bought for £22m, Sergej from Lazio for £54m and Zappacosta, also listed by Chelsea for £25.5m

The excess weight in the club was shifted out, Chambers, Martinez, Holding, Mavropanos, Lucas were all went to mid table premier league teams, Xhaka made one complaint too many about his contract and departed to Atletico Madrid, Kolasinac left in January after falling out about losing his spot to Tieney, the only offer on the table was Bournemouth's for £23.5, but with Monreal still as cover, I took it.

The Champions League campaign was decent, we finished behind Real Madrid in the group but progressed through to the semi-finals, beating Barcelona in the quarters but going out to eventual winners Bayern. My hope of a trophy was the FA Cup, reaching the final against Leicester, but we didn't perform and they sneaked it 1-0.

Mitchell Webb has been steadily improving and I gave him some first team opportunities when games were safe. Other than that Lacazette was far better than Aubameyang this season although it feels with both of them I need someone better in the air, the number of heading sitters they miss was staggering, even switching to low crosses doesn't make much difference.

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Won 0-1 away against Bayern and smashed them in the return. See ya later Ancelotti!

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3 hours ago, Yoeri said:

Won 0-1 away against Bayern and smashed them in the return. See ya later Ancelotti!

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Are Öztürk and Phillip regens?

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15 hours ago, arsenalthebest said:

Are Öztürk and Phillip regens?

Yes mate. And what kind of regens! :) They are fenomenal! 

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Season 3:

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Domestic Cups were nothing to write home about, Man Utd fielded a full strength first team against us in the quarter finals of the League Cup, and Liverpool knocked us out of the FA Cup in only the 3rd round. We did however, get to the final of the Champions League, going toe to toe with Real Madrid, finishing 2-2 after extra time, losing on penalties when we missed all three attempts.

The league season produced a host of awards, Iwobi swept up Footballer of the Year, Players' Player and Young Player of the Year. Wilshire scored the goal of the season.

Transfers were busy again, PSG tried to sign Bellerin repeatedly but after failing to unsettle him, they came in for Zappacosta with a £37.5m bid, I accepted this although it left me short, being after the English transfer window closed. Elneny went to Liverpool for £24m, Monreal to San Sebastian for £9m. David Luiz was listed by Chelsea, and with his leadership qualities and only three first team centre backs, I signed him for £9.75m. Cech had retired at the end of last season and Everton seemed happy to get rid of Jordan Pickford, I signed him for what seems a bargain at £13.75m. I went through with my plan of signing a bigger centre forward Moise Kean arriving for £25m. Being short at both full back positions, I signed Douglas Costa as a stop gap for the left back, and Alvaro Odriozola's £32m release clause was activated in January.

We had a series of injuries, but our league form held up, all the squad getting a decent amount of games as fringe players came in as cover. The closest we came to a loss was Chelsea away with an equalizer in the last 10 minutes.

Reiss Nelson won his first England Cap, scoring a hat trick on his international debut.

Looking forward, the squad could do with a bit more depth but I'll probably look to long term development to replace the 30 somethings in the team.

 

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He had been flirting with the Ballon d'Or for a couple seasons, but actually took it down this year!

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We are going to the final :D 

Beat Atletico 3-1 at home, where we played 0-0 at Calderon! :) 

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7 hours ago, Yoeri said:

We are going to the final :D 

Beat Atletico 3-1 at home, where we played 0-0 at Calderon! :) 

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screenshot your tactic?

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Trying to offload Ozil, Mhki, Mustafi & Kolasinac & struggling to even get offers for half their values despite there being interest in them and they're all massive parts of my treble winning side. Is there some trick to selling players that I'm missing? :D Only getting rid as I want to replace with younger players.

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11 hours ago, arsenalthebest said:

whats with the spelling?

I am Dutch

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Just finished my fourth season Jack Wilshere will be on the way out after wanting a new challenge and I’m looking at selling at least one of Laca , Callum Wilson and Iwobi(possibly all three ) I also have decisions to make as which players to keep as I have just one squad space available and 7-9 new players who’d need to be registered

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phew PSG just offered £104m + 3 twelve monthly installments of £15.33m for Andrija Zivkovic

i rejected it

 

p.s they came back with and improved  offer of £114m + 3 installments of £17m rejected it again 

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Anyone got any suggestion for players similar to Andrija Zivkovic? PSG have just made a third offer for a total of £182m i rejected previous offers of £150m & £165m. I admit they are testing my resolve

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11 minutes ago, arsenalthebest said:

Anyone got any suggestion for players similar to Andrija Zivkovic? PSG have just made a third offer for a total of £182m i rejected previous offers of £150m & £165m. I admit they are testing my resolve

I got Lemar en Malcom. Maybe Iwobi? Or Chiesa?

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