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.
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.
Taking over Arsenal may seem like an easy challenge, but the goal is to obtain the Premier League as soon as possible. With so many strong teams in the league, anything is possible (I’m looking at you, Leicester).
There’s not much to say in this department. Petr Cech vs David Ospina, there is only one winner. Ospina provides a great backup to Cech. I presume the only challenge this contest really throws at me is keeping Ospina happy. Fortunately, there are a plethora of decent backup keepers I could sign, should Ospina decide he wants first team football.
This section of the team may prove to be the most vulnerable. As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted with a new item “The Arsenal squad you have inherited is suffering from a few injury problems”.
With an injury like that to Mertesacker, he could decline quite rapidly. He’s 31 (will be 32 in September), I don’t see much of a future for him at the club. For me, he is currently behind Koscielny, Mustafi and Paulista in the pecking order.
With only Rob Holding waiting in the wings, I think a new CB may be needed. Preferably young and English – but we all know they cost an arm and a leg.
On the full-back side of things, we seem to be in good shape. Bellerin will attack the right, and Monreal will keep things solid down the left. Monreal is 30, and will need to be replaced at some point, but I don’t any immediacy is needed just yet.
This is arguably our strongest part of the squad. With world-class players like Ozil and Sanchez, goals should be flowing.
While initially I felt I may not need to strengthen the midfield, I came to the realization that Sanchez should be playing up top as a complete forward. He has all the ability to play by himself up there, and with Ozil in behind, there is every chance for him to score 30+ goals.
The attacking left midfielder role can be played by Iwobi and Welbeck, however I don’t have the utmost confidence in them to play week-in week-out there. I may have to delve into the transfer market for a first team player.
With my plan to play Sanchez up front, my forward position seems pretty healthy. Giroud adds a plan B option with his target man style of play, and Walcott and Lucas can add pace if there is ever a dip in form from Alexis.
To my surprise, Lucas looks really good. While his concentration is lacking, he generally looks like a good all-round performer. His only cons are that he has no international experience, he is basic in the English language and his determination is also poor.
The next addition to the story will be just before our first Premier League game. Hopefully our transfers will be sorted and we can kick off on a positive note – We have to be in tip-top condition since our first game will be up against Chelsea!