The Arsenal Rebuild – Business End of the Season (March & April Update)

What can I say? Domestically, we have been poor. At times, we are unstoppable. Other time we just cant seem to break teams down and they counter us – scoring with their only shots on goal. It’s deflating.

march results

We started March strongly. After our hugely disappointing loss to Spurs, we hosted Burnley and blew them away 5-0 with Griezmann getting 4 of the goals.

Monaco in the Champions League was next. After a 2-2 away draw, we went into the game favourites. Two away goals to our name meant we didn’t have to attack. We merely had to control the game.Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – We’re Down, But Not Out (February Update)

The January window slammed shut. We had a productive month, getting rid of dead weight (Iwobi and Paulista) and bringing in world-class quality (Griezmann).

My next move was to tie up Sanchez to a new long-term deal. £140,000 a week was originally Arsenal’s wage structure. Ozil, Sanchez and Walcott were the top earners with that, but realistically, it wasn’t going to push us to the next level. If we wanted to bring in the likes of Griezmann, we had to move way past that.

Griezmann came in on a deal worth £225,000 a month, while Ozil signed a new contract worth £215,000 a month. Sanchez was next!

Sanchez dealRead More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – We Struck Gold! (January Window Update)

So January was an interesting month, both result wise and transfer wise. We went into the January window with Sanchez unhappy and wanting a move to Bayern. But before that, let’s take a look at our results.

january results

As I mentioned previously, Koscielny and Bellerin were suspended for the Chelsea game. Two of our best defenders, against a Chelsea team that was playing extremely well. We battled toe-to-toe with them throughout the whole match. Unfortunately, Marcos Alonso grabbed a well worked goal in the 86th minute.

Reine-Adelaide scored his first senior goal for Arsenal in the 1-0 win against Norwich in the FA Cup. I’m really pleased with the way he is progressing. One for the future, I’m sure.Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – Ending The Year On a High (December Update)

December was another month with mixed emotions, but I feel we have ended the year on a high.

december results
5 Wins, 3 Defeats

We started off the month against Everton. Which was probably our worst game to date. We played our full strength side, against an Everton team that hadn’t won in 5 games. With 59% of the possession, we managed to register zero shots on target. I say again, zero shots on target. We were woeful.

I wasn’t too fussed about the Benfica game. We already topped the group, so a rotated side was played. I was happy to see others get some minutes under their belt.Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – A Familiar Place (October & November Update)

Missed the start of this save? Read my Squad Report and how I intend to fill in Arsenals missing links.

Today’s update see’s us battle through the months of October and November 2016. Normally, we’ve looked at each month at a time but today we have 10 matches that will see us to the start of December.

oct-nov results
8 wins, 2 losses

Consistency Is Coming (Result Wise)

Overall, the past two months have been good for us. While on paper, things look pretty rosy. In reality, I do have some concerns. In most of our games, we dominate in terms of possession and chances. We create a lot of clear-cut chances, and we fail to convert them.Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – Starting to Gel? (September Update)

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September was a busy period. We had 6 games to play, two of which were in the Champions League. The first half of the month was much easier than the 2nd, which is why we wanted to rotate our side.

september results

We had routine wins against West Ham, Legia and West Brom. No major concerns. Stefan Bell, our new German centre back who has been playing due to the injury to is national team-mate Mustafi, managed to grab his 2nd goal in two games. Not bad from the 6’4 man. Unfortunately, he also conceded his 2nd penalty in two games – luckily for us, Cech made the save from a Mark Noble shot.Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (August Update)

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So we have officially kicked off the new season. As mentioned before, we had three games in August – Chelsea, Hull and Liverpool.

august fixtures

While it was a pretty tough start, I felt we were prepared after a successful pre-season. The players were raring to go. Sanchez had already showed me what he could do up top, so it was a matter of proving himself in the games that mattered.

The Good

To say I expected this result would be a lie. I was a little nervous going into this game. Chelsea were Champions and there squad is extremely strong. Nevertheless, We had to go into this game with all guns blazing – and boy did we get off to a good start in the Prem!Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – Fixing Holes (Pre-season)

Blog post #3

As seen in my first post the Arsenal squad is pretty well rounded. However, with my decision to try and play Sanchez up top as a complete striker, I felt we were left a little thin in the AML position. This was to be my main focus of the summer window.

I also pointed out that with the fairly long injuries to Mertesacker and Paulista, we needed some back-up in the centre-back position.

Here is what I did with the £40,000,000 budget given to me.

transfers in

Not  the most exciting window, but most of our budget was spent on Keita. We needed someone that could try and command a spot for the first team, and that’s where he comes in.Read More »

The Arsenal Rebuild – Squad Report (Season 1)

Blog post #2

As you may have guessed by the title of this post, I’m taking charge of Arsenal. As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted a short save as FM18 is just around the corner. The time between now and it’s release date (10th November) will enable me to experiment with my blog and try new ways of structuring how I lay out my posts. Any feedback is of course welcome.

With that out of the way, let’s get into it the squad report.

Appointment

Although Arsenal have obtained back-to-back silverware in the 13/14 & 14/15 seasons with the FA Cup, failure to make any meaningful challenges for the Premier League title has coined the hashtag #WengerOut in recent seasons from supporters.Read More »

The Start of Something New

Blog post #1

Hello and welcome to my Football Manager blog.

I’m an avid football fan that has played football manager style games since the days of Premier Manager (Premier Manager 98 being a personal favourite). Since then, there have been many iterations of Football Management Sims, all donning their unique take on the world of football management.

Football Manager developed by Sports Interactive has been one of the most popular series for over a decade now. A series that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.Read More »