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Published: 11:10 BST, 30 September 2014 | Updated: 13:52 BST, 30 September 2014
Olivier Giroud's new contract with Arsenal is 'done', according to manager Arsene Wenger.
The French striker was reported to have been signed a new deal with the Gunners, and Wenger said on Tuesday that everything is in place barring the formalities.
When asked about the situation with Giroud - currently out injured with an ankle problem - Wenger said: 'It is done'.
Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract at Arsenal that will keep him in north London until 2018
Olivier Giroud is currenly recovering from surgery after suffering a broken left tibia against Everton
Wenger added: 'We want stability and to keep the core of our team together. Giroud is an important player here.
'It is agreed. When it is completely done, we will announce it.'
Wenger, speaking ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray, also had a fitness update on Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.
The former has a calf problem and the latter a hamstring strain, and they are expected to miss four weeks each.
'To be generous with time, four weeks. If all goes well, three. Arteta is the same, maybe a bit quicker. It will be after the international break,' he said.
Jack Wilshere trained despite hurting his ankle against Tottenham at the weekend, while Theo Walcott is due to return to training next week after the knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup.RELATED ARTICLES Share this article
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When you finally decide to take control at Arsenal this will be the place to discuss your games. Having Wenger as your predecessor is enough pressure alone, never mind attempting to return the club to it's former glory after a much anticipated wait. After just winning the FA Cup for the 11th time and qualifying for Europe it's down to you to raise the bar, take the bull by the horns, and chase that golden Premier League trophy once again. The fans are tired of just qualifying for Champions League, you need to show more abition and battle it out against the Premier League's best. Good luck!
Estimated Value - £780m ( Loan Debt: £362m )
Training Facilities - Excellent
Youth Facilities - Excellent
Media Prediction - 4th
Ultimately the choice if yours of course but I'd suggest being more of a tactical manager as the club is big enough to attract some of the best coaches in world football and you don't tend to see too many tracksuit managers at the top although I do know Wenger likes to attend training himself.
Before signing players I would change your responsibilities. Go to staff>responsibilities to change them. I would change 'Handles new signing contract negotiations for players in your youth team' as this has cost me to loose some talented youngsters in the past just over silly things like appearance fees. You may also want to change 'Finds and makes offers for young players in the future' as you may want to do this yourself, personally I just let them make offers and see how much potential they have in comparison to what has been offered for the player and then make the judgement.
The squad is strong enough to challenge for top four to begin with so you won't need to make too many signings or sales. The great thing about Arsenal, yet it's biggest downfall at times, is how young they all are. There is so many players with bags of potential but their current ability isn't great so balancing experience with youth can be the greatest challenge. The team is also pretty versatile, it's easy to change formations in matches due to the amount of players that play so many positions. Enough babbling on, here's the squad with my recommendations.
As you can see Sczcesny is definitely first choice and has the potential to be first choice for the next few seasons. Ospina will serve as great backup and if you want to you can promote Martinez from u21s if you want to or even replace Ospina with him if you wish.
Verdict; this is probably the weakest point in the team as both players aren't great so I'd look for a replacement. Ricardo Rodriguez would be an amazing signing for this position but at a cost.
Koscielny and Mertesacker are easily your first choices for these positions and are both defensively sound. You have Chambers for backup as well who is going to be equally as good if not better.
Ramsey and Wilshere are both brilliant young players with heaps of potential so I'd definately use both of them for these positions. Both players add so much to the game, Ramsey's slightly more defensive and attacking but Wilshere has great mental and technical attributes as well as great vision to add to the passing we see week in week out at the Emirates. The only downfall to playing both of them in the center of the park is that they're both small players and lack ariel ability which sometimes can be key to winning those battles in the center of the park. This is why I have the goalkeepers 'distribute to defenders'.
Arteta and Flamini are both good enough for backup although I wouldn't rely on Flamini as much. Diaby starts the game injured so you probably won't use him. The Ox can play in this position and you should utilise this to get him that extra game time.
Verdict; I'd use Ramsey and Wilshere firstly. Arteta and Ox for backup. Promote Zelalem from u21s as he's got good potential. Look into signing a taller CM who's good in the air to partner one of them if you wish, especially if you look to exploit the middle.
Mesut Ozil looks brilliant this year and should be first choice, despite having a very difficult year adjusting to the Premier League. He gives a lot going forward but is terrible for getting back and helping out. I play him in the center in his preferred position so that he does have the CMs to fall back on. He would probably suit the raumdeuter role on the left also. He is great technically and his vision is second to none but physically he's not so good with a pitiful 11 for work rate which is to be expected. Enough about Ozil. I would suggest using Rosicky as second choice as Cazorla is better suited to AML I find. Again to give the Ox playing time you can use him here as backup if you wish and Wilshere's great in this position too.
Cazorla should be first choice here without a doubt with Poldi second. Despite Cazorla being no where near as physical as Podolski or as fast he is still as good mentally, if not slightly better, and he is much better technically with amazing vision as you'd expect. Podolski is slightly more balanced and is a lot quicker and more attacking but he lacks the techinical aspect for me which is key. Arsenal are a very technical side and love to move the ball around the pitch with ease. One thing to remember though is that Poldi has 20 finishing which isn't something to just dismiss instantly. Give both a try and tell me what you think.
Welbeck and Oxlade can also play this position. Ox is better suited to the right side of the pitch and Welbeck is much better upfront.
I wouldn't use Sanchez here as he's much better upfront but can still be used here to cover injuries or tired players. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are both great for this role but both play it very differently. I prefer Alex for AMR as he has greater vision and slightly better both technically and mentally making a more rounded player and more versatile. Walcott is focused almost solely on attacking. I tend to use Walcott at around 60 mins into a game to inject some pace when the opposition are tired and add that bit more to our attacks if we're behind.
Joel Campbell is good enough backup here as well. He isn't anywhere near as good as Walcott though but he is also very pacey and a bit more of a threat in the air as well as being more defensive than both Alex and Theo. I got an offer for him from Monaco and managed to get them to £15m which is good value really.
Verdict; Play Alex, bring Theo on like I said later in the game. Sell Joel Campbell if you can and maybe bring in another winger that can play both sides.
Giroud is a great player and was fantastic on last year's edition but I personally prefer Sanchez over him. Despite him being a full star less than Giroud in this position, he's the man for me. I haven't really given Giroud much of a chance this year. Sanchez has slightly higher finishing than Giroud but doesn't pose as much of a threat in the air so I change my style of play depending on which striker is playing. If your going up against slow CBs then I'd use Sanchez but if your against CBs who don't have much of an areal presence then use Giroud and have crosses curled in. Welbeck is just as good as Giroud as well.
Verdict; I'd pick the striker depending on the opposition or personal preference. I'd probably keep both players as they both add something different to your game. Welbeck and Theo are good backup players and are both capable of playing on the wings to give them game time and keep them happy. There's no need to bring in another striker this season.
Gnabry - u21s (amazing potential)
Zelalem - u21s (good potential)
Bellerin - u21s (good backup for RB)
Pleguezuelo - u21s (alright backup for CB)
Hugo Keto - u18s (good goalkeeping potential)
Dan Crowley - u18s (great potential)
Harry Donavon - u18s (not bad potential)
Team Shape Flexible
-Pass Into Space
-Work Ball Into Box
-Play Out Of Defence
-Exploit The Flanks
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Your second choice team should look something along the lines of this. Some of the positions have fairly strong backup players already but you could do with strengthening some of the positions just in case you have to fall on some of the weaker options.
-Look for a new solid LB and offload either Gibbs or Monreal, look into Ricardo Rodriguez as he's amazing but a bit expensive. He'd be worth it though as he's more than capable of holding that position down for the next decade or so.
-Sign a backup CB as Pleguezuelo isn't great if you have to use him in any big games. Maybe get someone young but with fairly good current ability. You can always fall on good old Balanta if need be.
-I signed a young CM because I couldn't resist, Youri Tielemans as he looks amazing. I did make a post about him the other day so feel free to have a look
-I'd consider signing another AMC for backup as Ozil does pickup quite a few injuries and you don't want to be short of players. Rosicky's OK for now and Wilshere's great in that role but he's better suited to CM in my opinion. Maybe look into my old favorite Stanciu?
-Buy a new AML if you want to, I only say this because Reus is available so cheaply but you must offer him a good deal otherwise he won't consider you. Don't attempt to persuade him verbally.
-I'm not set on who to sell at the moment, I don't really like Flamini and you can get around £12-15m for Joel Campbell as well. I've thought about selling Giroud as well and just having Sanchez play with Welbeck as second choice.
Really great guide here FM08CHAMP. I love thos comparisons you've put here and there. I'm tempted to start a save with Arsenal this year, for the first time, just because of Ozil, Welbeck and the core of English talent. Back four could use some good backup though.
also playing Sanchez as AMR, with Giroud and Welbeck rotating up top
bought in Peruzzi (rotates with Debuchy), and Khacheridi (rotates with Per)
as well as Nyland (from Molde) as backup until Ospina returns (then might loan him out)
not sure where that leaves Chambers though, so might loan him out
How's your game going so far? Manage to get any further?
or Jonny from Celta, looks pretty reasonable
edit: only the DMs are available on my Juventus test (without SouthAmericans loaded) - Kranevitter kicks up a fuss when you go in for him though
written by AcssWhy Arsenal?
Founded in 1886 (129 years ago), Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in England, with one of the highest incomes and largest fan bases in the world. The appointment of Arsene Wenger as manager in 1996 is perhaps regarded as one of the key moments in the club’s history, due to his reputation for spotting young talent – therefore following his arrival, Arsenal has become a club where young players development is of great importance, in the detriment of buying expensive, experienced players. This approach has drawn enough benefits for the club, but it appears to be no longer viable in the present.
Back in 2004, the club won their 13th title following a great season without a single defeat (49 consecutive games unbeaten), a national record. Unfortunately that was to become their last title until present. The year of 2006 represented their only appearance in the Champions League final (in which they were beaten 2–1 by Barcelona), and in the same year the club moved into the Emirates Stadium, after 93 years at Highbury. Important players such as Ashley Cole, Fredrik Ljungberg or Thierry Henry were sold and coincidence or not, Arsenal started to show signs of decline. The last 9 years have seen the club fighting for the Champions League places, and fans have started to question Wenger’s policy towards the young talent – perhaps a new manager will change things for the better.Club Information – The Initial Setup
Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny is going to be the main keeper for our first season. David Ospina will act as a backup, while Martinez will be our 3rd choice.
Defenders: Our central area is well covered by Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, with Paulista and Debuchy acting as backups. Unfortunately the flanks are a bit weaker and could use a transfer or two, we currently have Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Monreal playing in rotation (in this order of importance), while Calum Chambers acts as a backup.
Midfielders: Strongest area of the squad with quality players such as Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez. Lukas Podolski is unfortunately loaned at Inter so we can’t use him, while Alexis is of better use as a striker. That leaves us with Ozil, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain covering the flanks, while Cazorla, Ramsey and Flamini will play more in the center. You can also use Ozil in the center with Danny Wellbeck/Chamberlain as a left winger, in fact that are many options in this area, since most of the midfielders are quite versatile. Serge Gnabry is also worth a chance in the team – being one of the most promising youngsters – and even Thomas Rosicky can be played occasionally despite this being his last year (he’ll retire at the end of the season).
Strikers: Alexis Sanchez is our number one striker, closely followed by Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck. You will have quite a tough decision to make, just start with Alexis and switch to Giroud when he’s disappointing, apply the same treatment to Giroud and so on and so forth, until one of them proves better. During my save Alexis scored 28 goals, Giroud 25 and Welbeck 15 (less than Theo Walcott who reached 17 goals at the end of the season). FM 2015 Arsenal Tactics [Download]
Out of the current players you can offload no less than 24 players on a mutual termination, while you can sell Hector Bellerin for €5.25M to QPR and Natxo Monreal for at least €12.5M to Napoli. You can also loan Francis Coquelin to Watford for a fee of €100k/m. As for the new signings, you should be looking to strengthen your defense most above all – (you must have a large database with current International players available!) – Note: there are no restriction rules for non-EU players in Premier League, but they must obtain a work permit before signing.Team Management
This one applies for each and every save possible. Always aim to encourage your players. Be careful to injuries, try the rotation system as it will help youngsters develop. Pay attention to finances, above all. Set general training to either Tactics or Fitness in pre-season, High and then lower intensity during the season. Main focus for match preparation can be set to Match Tactics initially then Teamwork. As for scouting, keep your scouts active through all season and make sure you’re prepared for any future transitions.The Conclusion
Quite close winning the title, but Manchester United were once again top of the league as they were during the Liverpool save. Well at least we managed to win the Capital One Cup against them, and we reached the FA Cup final where we lost against Chelsea. As for the Champions League, we met our objective by qualifying into the quarter finals where we got beaten by Bayern Munchen. Arsenal’s challenge is not much different than Liverpool’s, they are both solid teams capable of putting up a good fight for the title in Premier League. Thanks for following and good luck with The Gunners!
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4 Comments on "FM 2015 Arsenal Guide"
That’s actually some pretty low budget signings there :)
Looking forward to see if Petr Cech makes Arsenal the team to beat this season (this most likely would not happen in Football Manager!)
Thanks for the reply mate. I think Arsenal will be much stronger this season than the last couple of years, at least.
nice guide! but why all of your midfielders (except flamini) in support duty and no one on attack?btw pasqual is great signing!
Thanks! Midfielders are on support due to several reasons. I have noticed that they can offer more various options to the attack while they’re sitting between lines, at the same time they won’t be all out on attack when the other team counter attacks. It just seems to work better this way. In-game however, depending on situation changes can be applied.
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