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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arsenal Season 2012-2013 | Football Manager 2012 save-game

The youngsters of Arsenal showing class (season 2012-13)

Football Manager 2012 savegame Arsenal

I have just finished a impressive first season, compared to the players I possessed in Arsenal FC.  
After a 3rd place in Premier League 2011-2012 season, and a UEFA Champions League final, with a small squad with many players under the age of 23, I decided to experiment with even younger players in my first team tactic.

Summary of Arsenal save (Season 2012-13):

The first half of the season, until the end of December 2012, was very impressive; 19 won, 7 drawn and 2 lost, making the top spot in Premier League.

Premier League Result:

Home Records - Premier League:

Away Records - Premier League:

Away Records - Premier League:

First Team squad:
Arsenal squad FM2012

Best Eleven 2012-2013:
Arsenal Best Eleven FM12

Player Purchase:
After the first season I felt I had to improve the areas central defence, left back and wingers.
"You can't win anything with kids" is a buzzword Arsene Wenger have been confronted with the last years. Now I wanted to disprove this statement.
As I wanted to experiment on how much influence player age had on a team performance, I decided to buy Leon Goretzka, Lazar Markovic, Lucas Digne, Jamaal Lascelles and Mbaye Niang which could become a wonderkid.
The most expensive purchase this season where Alvaro Dominguez, a player who did not impress me in the 8 matches I trusted him with (rating 6.85).
Arsenal FM12 Purchases 2012-13

Best performers in the reserve team:
# Jamaal Lascelles (11.11.1993) is a defender I bought from Nottingham Forrest.
Lascelles could be a good captain in the future. The player has developed very well and a rating of 7.32 in 24 matches, scoring 3 goals and 3 assists makes him a good cover for the defensive line in the third season.

# Raffidine Abdullah (15.01.1994) is a central midfielder that plays as deep lying playmaker. Bought him from Olympique Marseille in the first season. He has not progressed as I had hoped and is transfer listed.
Abdullah got 27 matches, scoring 11 goals and 9 assists.

# Jeroen Lumu (27.06.1995) is a striker/inside forward that is editored in to the game, a custom made player. In real life Jeroen Lumu plays for Willem II in Holland. He is regarded as one of the brightest talents in dutch football and could be a good prospect or a wonderkid in Football Manager 2013.
In my save he had a rating of 7.70, played 23 matches, scoring 15 goals, having 10 assists and 8 MOM. Maybe a bit overrated in my database with -10 in potential ability.

Results and fixtures 2012-2013

19.Aug.2012 - 04.Dec.2012:
The first half of the season was very impressing, resulting in 14 won matches, 1 loss and 6 drawn matches.
Suddenly I could claim the top spot in Premier League with my young squad.

04.Dec.2012 - 20.Mar.2013:
A very bad period.
Before the match against Liverpool I chose a very high defensive positioning training focus. I forgot to change the match preparation focus until 20th of march, before the Manchester City match. Suddenly the performance changed remarkable and Arsenal dropped down to 5th place in Premier League behind West Brom, who had a great campaign.

After Arsenal had been knocked out of every tournament I solely concentrated on the Premier League. After many losses from 29.12.2012 to 6.02.2013 I decided to do some changes to my tactics (see Arsenal Domination v2 4-3-2-1) after the loss of West Brom.
When the players got used to the tactic, and the players got some rest, the fortune changed. In the end Arsenal grabbed the 2nd place in Premier League with two fabulous wins against Fulham and Manchester United, after Manchester United had a poor period, loosing 5 of the last 6 matches.

Arsenal in UEFA Champions League:
Arsenal where lucky and drew Ajax, Cagliari and Olympique Lyonnais for the group stage of the Champions League season 2012-2013. Lazar Markovic where impressive in the group stage scoring four goals, one more than Robin van Persie in the whole Champions League campaign.
In the 1st knockout round Arsenal draw Zenit St. Petersburg, a team mostly of russian players. After a 2-0 defeat in the away leg, Arsenal turned the result in the home leg. You can watch the goals that changed the match at my Youtube channel. Arsenal won 3-2 on aggregate.

The Champions League campaign where rather short this season, as Arsenal where knocked out by Real Madrid in the quarter final. A great performance in the first leg winning 2-1 at home, gave Arsenal a great starting point for the away leg.
But the result ended as expected, as I lost the second leg 3-0.

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