Hi all, this is DialSquare here (call me Dial if you want) and this is my first story and thread on FMScout. For this story I chose Arsenal. Why? Well If my profile picture doesn't tell you let me, I am a massive Arsenal fan (season ticket holder in fact). Having been through all the highs and lows, I want to bring success to my beloved club.
So far I have played the first season (half of it was the demo) and soon I will be summarising the 2013/14 season with 3 or 4 months in every update.
The next update will be in much more detail, the tactics and the background of the manager (who is me.. you'll see who the name is!)
Thank you for reading!
By the way, massive thanks to AAN for the awesome banner
So in this story I am myself.. Connor Travers (I always use my real name in FM).
My footballing career came to an abrupt end at the timid age of 17. I was playing for Norwich's U18 team in 1995 on the 25th of October, just 3 days before my 18th birthday. Playing in the centre of midfield, I was running towards the ball, as I was almost there a tackle from an over-keen Newcastle player arrived. The next thing I knew I was waking up in a hospital. It took me several minutes to realise what had happened. I'd obviously been tackled and got injured but what was wrong with me? I asked a nurse what had happened. She replied "I'm afraid sir you have broken sfour bones and torn three ligaments around ankle and the bottom of your leg". It sank immediately. That was it. Finished. My football career. I never recovered from that injury. I retired a year and a half later from advice from the club's physio's. When I was eventually healthy, I knew my future would still lie with football. So at the age of 19, I started to study for a UEFA B license. Many people doubted me; I was often sneered at with people saying "Studying for a license at 19? *scoff* Dream on lad". However I was never deterred from achieving my goal. When finally, at the age of 25, I achieved my UEFA A license (I finished the B course 3 years before). And the club that had throughout that time supported me, offered me a job as a coach for the Norwich U16's. I was honored. And I never stopped my hard work, developing Norwich's youth while starting to study for my elusive UEFA Pro License. But I wanted to take it slowly, so I postponed it to fully concentrate on my work with Norwich. And for five years I did, gaining a promotion to the U21's as manager in 2006. It was in 2008 after 2 years of hard work, I decided to finally study for the UEFA Pro License. Finally, finally after perhaps the toughest year of my life, I was awarded the Pro License. In 2010 the next big step happened, I was offered the role of assistant manager at Norwich. For 3 years I enjoyed this role, helping the manager with the day to day run of the football club. However in June 2012, I decided I needed a new challenge; I wanted to be a manager, to complete my goal. Sadly for a year no-one would take a gamble on me as top Championship teams and lower Premier League teams rejected my service. When the sensational news in May 2013 that Arsene Wenger had resigned, I took the biggest gamble of my life and applied. It sounds ridiculous but I met
Ivan Gazidis at an event in London where I told him my philosophies if I had a team such as Arsenal, and amazingly he seemed impressed. Despite this, I thought I had no chance. Until one day, I recieved an email from.. Ivan Gazidis! He told me that he and the directors would like to meet with me at Highbury House to discuss a very important matter. And so on the 29th of May 2013 I walked into an lucrative room in Highbury Hill. I described what I would do if I was manager of Arsenal, how the team would play, how I would run the club. And they seen quietly impressed. And then and there Ivan said to me "We'd like to offer you a contract as... the manager of Arsenal Football Club". And that was the greatest moment of my life. Everything I had worked for... the gamble had truly payed off.
This tactic is the one I use the most. With the striker alone upfront, he is supported by AML, a CAM, and a AMR. Behind, a advanced playmaker supports the CAM while the centre midfielder helps the defence.
I use this tactic when we face a "big" team (City, Utd, Chelsea etc). The defensive midfielder stays back most of the time, intercepting the play so the team can counter. Again, one centre midfielder helps at the back but if someone like Ramsey is playing there they will bomb forward a lot. The other centre-midfielder attacks while also getting back to defend adequately. The wingers are slightly isolated but they are used to great effect when on the counter. The lone striker operates as either a deep lying forward or target man.
Finally, this tactic is the alternative to the 4-2-3-1; it is similar to it but instead of two wingers, there are two extra CAM's to support the striker. The two midfielders behind have the same roles as the two other tactics.
Ouch, that result against Everton... Anyway decent months in all.
nice start just need to turn those draws into wins
@Josh7798 Yeah it was bad but pretty decent couple of months.
@LeedsUnitedForLife Thank you and yeah it's a tad annoying but a couple of decent months overall.
Ouch, That result against Everton isn't very good
@EdenHazard17 Nope it certainly isn't but I'm certain that was a fluke.
Great result against Spurs! North London is red!
Yeah it was; should have been more than one though. And yes, North London is indeed red