Just like I did when I first started Aid The Boss in march, I am going to write about my career and travels on FM2011 starting today! Previously I had started various games on FM11 to get used to it, but now I have decided to focus on a long term game. I have chosen to manage my beloved favourite club Arsenal.
- Neymar (£15.5m) – I knew as soon as I started the save that I wanted to make Neymar an Arsenal player. At just 18 years old, he is one of the best wonderkids in the game, and I’m sure with some great training he will be one of the best players in the game!
- Diego Benaglio (£13.5m) – Anybody who follows football will know that Arsenal have a keeper problem. I tried for many goalkeepers as I knew I needed one, but no clubs were willing to sell. Although Benaglio is good, I think I overpaid but I had to get a new keeper, and he is still young.
- Tomas Rosicky (£3.4m) – This was my own sale in the transfer window, Rosicky is ageing and I didn’t see a place for him in my squad, so felt the need to get rid of him. Furthermore, I needed the funds for this transfer to buy my overpriced Benaglio.
As always, Arsenal are never predicted to win the Premiership because we slip up every season, and in FM11, we are predicted to finish 4th. I think the transfers I have made, and the current squad ability, we should easily be able to challenge for the title. Of course, I am hoping for a champions medal, but I would settle for 2nd spot because will allow us to build on the squad for next season.
I have opted for a classic 4-4-2 tactic for my first season at Arsenal. I believe the current squad is best suited to a 4-4-2, and this is usually my preferred tactic on all versions of FM. I have pushed my wingers up into more attacking positions, as I think both Arshavin and Nasri will thrive in these roles. Also, just as I always do, I have gave one of my CM’s an attacking role (Fabregas) and the other a defensive role (Song) to give my midfield a nice balance. Here you can see my tactics and chosen line up for the season:
This first post is just to show use the formation I will be playing for the season and a summary of what I have done with the club and what my aim’s are for Arsenal. My next post will be an update of my results for the first couple of months of the season, and showing you development of my players and how the squad/tactic is doing so kepe an eye out for it.
Comments are welcome, especially if you have managed Arsenal on FM11 and have some tips for me!