The Premiership: Arsenal

22 11 2006

This is the second part of our Club Guides: The Premiership section. In these articles, each club will be reviewed more indepth, giving you an overall view of the players available, finances and general information regarding each club. In order to give a more effective description, I have started a season with each of these teams and are using this as the basis for the guides. With twenty teams to cover, it is impossible to play a full season with each unless I cancel my life, so I have played a few months of action only. With this in mind please note that your experiences with each club may be slightly different. Depending on your version of the game and whether or not you have edited any teams, some facts may be inaccurate. This part looks at the first (in terms of the Alphabet) club in the Premiership: Arsenal.

ARSENAL

ArsenalMedia Prediction: 4th
Average Age: 24
Stadium: Ashburton Grove, London
Capacity: 60000
Value: £265m (Loan Debt of £210M)
Transfer Budget: £20m
Wage Budget: £700,000pw
Assistant Says: “Will require strengthing in order to compete at a continental level”
Chairman Status: Feels he will never leave the club he loves
Board Expectations: Qualify for Europe
Feeder Clubs: None
Able to request feeder club: Yes
Able to request parent club: No

The Squad:
Arsenal have a good squad on arrival. Unfortunately, you have to contend with four serious injuries, and three of those are to defenders. However, all four players should be ready for football again by Christmas at the very latest, although we have found that you will need to bring in a new defender or two – possibly on loan if you want to spend your money elsewhere – until the injured players return. Those out of action are: Philippe Senderos (DC), Lauren (D/WBR), Gael Clichy (D/WBL) and Vassiriki Diaby (MC). After sorting out the basic first team, you will find that you have the following players available (including injured players)

Goalkeepers: 2
Defenders: 8
Defensive Midfielders: 1
Midfielders: 2
Attacking Midfielders: 5
Strikers: 5

This list does include overlapping positions (e.g Theo Walcott is listed as both a midfielder and striker, so should you play him soley as a striker, you will have one less AM from that list)

The reserves hold a couple of decent back up players – Mathieu Flamini, Jeremie Aliadiere, Denilson – but you will probably want to bring in more reinforcements. One hot prospect in the reserves is Nicklas Bendtner, valued at £5.75m. He is on loan at the start of the season with Birmingham, but a season of first team football in the Championship should make him a more experienced striker upon his return to your squad.

Recommendations:
I would recommend bringing in:-
GK: Manuel Almunia up from the reserves and, if he is on it, remove him from the transfer list. So long as Jens Lehmann stays fit, you shouldn’t worry too much about bringing in another goalkeeper just yet.
DC: When your injured defenders return, you should have a strong defence with players who can play in a couple of positions across the back. Until that time, I’d say you will need another defender. A long term option is wise, and bringing in the like of Curtis Davies or Micah Richards would be a good idea. A young defender with plenty of years ahead of him could be a great deal for the club, and would set you back around £12m and £6m respectively
ST: Bringing in another striker is a tough option to make. With 5 players available already, you may seem pretty strong in that department, but after selecting a first draft squad, I found that two of these attackers were preferred in midfield roles, and one striker, Baptista, is only on loan. Consider scouting around for a decent attacker who won’t cost too much. If you want to wait to see how things turn out, Javier Saviola is out of favour with Barcelona, and may join on a season long loan. Then you can see whether or not you have the funds available to make Baptista a permanent move (And whether it would be worth it) and whether or not Bendtner could do the job in his first full Premiership campaign. Franck Ribery may also be a worthwhile addition to midfielder if you wish to allow one of the AMC/ST to stay upfront throughout the season.

Staff:
I wouldn’t worry too much about your staffing levels – however, it may be worth looking for another scout or two as you only have two at the beginning of the season covering England, Scotland and France in detail.

Tactics:
I always advice to play around yourself with the tactics to see which suit your team best. There is no point in taking my advice for a 4-4-2 formation if you have only three defenders but three great strikers. At the beginning of the game, I would recommend a basic 4-4-2 formation, and allow your attacking wingers to be free: let them run with the ball, take long range shots, etc, and possibly push a central midfielder into an attacking role, changing the formation to a 4-3-1-2. If you do use this system, it will allow you to utilise your players best positions, as Fabregas can play in the central role, while an attacking midfielder sits behind the strikers.

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22 11 2006
The Club Guides: The Premiership « Blog FM

[…] The Teams in Predicted Order (Bank Balance of Club in brackets): 1. Chelsea (£145m) 2. Manchester United (34.5) 3. Liverpool (10.5) 4. Arsenal (16.5) 5. Tottenham Hotspur (36) 6. Newcastle United (1) 7. Blackburn Rovers (-1.96) 8. West Ham United (3.1) 9. Bolton Wanderers (450k) 10. Everton (1.6) 11. Wigan Athletic (1) 12. Middlesbrough (2.3) 13. Manchester City (3.1) 14. Fulham (325k) 15. Aston Villa (11.75) 16. Charlton Athletic (875k) 17. Portsmouth (32.5) 18. Sheffield United (1) 19. Watford (-1.2) 20. Reading (1.9) All figures in brackets are in £millions unless stated otherwise. […]

24 11 2006
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