If you’ve been following Aid The Boss, you will know that I have recently decided to start blogging about my own FM career. My first post was mostly information on how I will manage the club, the tactic’s I will be playing, and the transfers I made, you can read this post here.
I got put in a group with Roma, Salzburg, and Rangers, and although some of these teams can prove to be difficult, I breezed the group with 5 wins and a draw! I’ve got drawn against Dutch side FC Twente in the first knockout, so I’m confident I can progress even further!
I got dumped out in the 3rd round by arch-rivals Chelsea, was a shame to lose but as all Arsenal fans say, “it’s only the carling cup”
I got drawn against Spurs in the 4th round, and after a 1-1 draw at WHL, I’m confident we can go through in the replay at Emirates!
So, I’m just over halfway through my first season at Arsenal, and I’m currently sitting top of the premiership, and unbeaten in 23 games. Here is the current league table (Click to enlarge):
As you can see by the screenshot, it’s extremely tight between me and Chelsea at the top of the league, and a bad run or a couple of injuries could see us slip down the table. You lot are probably shocked at the fact Sunderland sit at 6th like I am (No offence Sunderland fans) but anything can happen in Football.
I got off to a pretty average start, in my first games I won 5 and drew 2, all against weaker opposition. I am going to need to make some changes to my tactic, as all my draws come from weaker opposition. This is probably down to the fact they play very defensively, and hit me on the counter attack as my defence isn’t the strongest, so I definately need to make some amendments if I want to prevent dropping any more points. What has kept me at the top are my wins against the team’s around me. Here are two great games on my behalf: (click to enlarge)
Neymar – In my first blog post, a lot of you questioned the combination of Van Persie and Neymar, but in the first few games it was working wonderfully! He bagged 7 goals in his first 10 games, with 5 assists, whilst Van Persie was in double figures. However, a broken leg in October put him out for 3 months which was a big blow, and he should be back in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully he will carry on where he left off!
Diego Benaglio – There isn’t a lot I can say about Benaglio, however he has been very solid in goal for us, and had tallied up 15 clean sheets in 23 games, there isn’t much more I can ask from a keeper! He is still young so like Neymar, I hope for man great seasons with him at the club
- Top Goalscorer – Van Persie (26)
- Most Assists – Arshavin (15)
- Man of the Match – Van Persie (8)
- Highest Average Rating – Van Persie (7.72)
As you can see from the stats, Van Persie has been on fire for me, and if it wasn’t for him I definately would be nowhere near the top, so fingers crossed he doesn’t pick up an injury like Neymar. Theo Walcott filled in for Neymar, and has bagged an impressive 10 goals in 19 games so I can’t argue with that!
My next update will be near the end of the season where the final few games are left to play, so you can see how I’m doing in all competitions. If you would like to know anything else about this save or how certain players are developing etc, post a comment and I will be sure to reply.
Also, if anybody has any tips on my tactics for playing weaker opposition, please share them in the comments!!