Every Dad’s Dream Arsenal Set-Up Used On Football Manager
Posted by John Smith | Published on April 18, 2017
Every now and again, it’s unsurprising that football pundits, journalists, and fans alike make outrageous comments and reveal questionable opinions regarding Arsenal Football Club as a whole. Whether it’s the desire for Tony Adams to manage the North London club one day because he is English and knows how to expression passion and desire, or, stating Granit Xhaka is one of the worst transfers in football history, the “football experts” do know how to truly embarrass many. In this Football Manager experiment, we put the ‘yer da’ Arsenal team to the test.
Changes before the season:
The coaching staff for the Gunners prior to the start of the season consists of only former players of the club, a majority of which have earned the legend status. Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould were demoted to coaching roles whilst Mr. Arsenal himself Tony Adams was named as the official manager with leading top-scorer Thierry Henry named as his number two. Long-serving coach Gerry Peyton faced the sack as goalkeeping coach with former-England No.1 David Seaman taking his job. Other club legends such as Pat Rice, Dennis Bergkamp, and Ray Parlour made their returns to London’s biggest club whilst Paul Merson was also put to the test on his opinions and joined Adams’ coaching staff.
Unfortunately, many pundits and journalists alike are unable to enjoy the brilliance of certain footballers at the club and thus were forcibly removed from the Arsenal team. Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Granit Xhaka, and Aaron Ramsey were the players who returned to their former club for the exact fee the joined the Gunners for. Going into the season, the club had a transfer budget of over £150 million to spend on new players following the previous departures.
Tony Adams’ first season at the club was certainly one to forget as the club faced its worst overall league season since Bruce Rioch was manager for the 1995/96 season. In the Premier League, the Gunners only won a record low 15 games and were lucky enough to earn a spot in next season’s Europa League, just beating out Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth. Tottenham also finished above their fierce rivals for the first time in over 20 years by earning just less than 20 points on the Gunners. As for non-league competitions. the London side continued their embarrassment, getting eliminated from the Champions League group stages for the first time in over 15 years as well as lose out on FA Cup and EFL Cup success by losing to West Ham United and Swansea City respectively.
In the transfer market, Tony Adams did well with his assigned transfer budget following the departures of players who are “not good enough” to play for a team as big as Arsenal. In a surprising turn of events, former Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe became the Englishman’s first signing at the club for £18 million. The cash continued to be splashed with Chelsea’s Nathan Ake, FC Torino’s Andrea Belotti, and Liverpool’s Divock Origi, also joining the club. In total, £160 million was spent by the Arsenal legend. As for departures, the only interesting outgoers were right-back Carl Jenkinson as well as promising youth player Donyell Malen.
Adams ended the season with an ‘Insecure’ rating.
Adams’ second season in charge proved to be just as consistent as the first as his Arsenal side once again finished 6th in the Premier League. The only advantages that could be taken from the Gunner’s fight in the Premier League are the fact they managed to clinch one extra point as well as win two extra games across the 17/18 season. Adams’ was more successful, however, in the Europa League as his side reached the Semi-Finals of the competition. But, Borussia Monchengladbach were the better team across the two legs and beat Arsenal to the final before getting knocked out by eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur. Just like in the season prior, the club were once again unsuccessful in club competitions, getting knocked out early by Brentford and Wolves respectively.
The transfer window saw some major turn of events as key players joined and departed the North London club. After rejecting contract renewal talks, Alexis Sanchez was the most interesting talk of the summer as he joined rivals Manchester United for a potential value of £59 million. Other notable departures included former academy player Alex Iwobi leaving for Liverpool along with Lucas joining West Ham, and Calum Chambers going to Stoke. Adams spent just under £150 million in the summer this time, most notably setting a new Arsenal record for the signing of forward Cedric Bakambu from Villarreal for £51 million. Other key signings included Southampton duo Dusan Tadic, and Ryan Bertrand, along with Paris Saint-Germain player Lucas Moura.
Overall, in his final season at the club, Adams enjoyed his best season to date as his Arsenal side triumphed in the Europa League as well as reaching a high 3rd place in the Premier League. Taking charge of the transfer market proved its effectiveness as Adams was able to bring a long-awaited European trophy to the Emirates Stadium. However, the disappointment in club competitions continued as the Gunners were knocked out by eventual winners Liverpool, and also Chelsea, in the FA Cup and EFL Cup respectively.
As noted prior, Tony Adams took control of his received funds from the board and made more than 10 new signings to his failing Arsenal squad. Most notably, Arsenal set a new transfer record after matching the £106 million buy-out clause of former Real Madrid striker Albaro Morato. Interestingly, Olivier Giroud was brought back to the club by the Englishman for a fee just over £4 million. With Hector Bellerin departing the club for Paris Saint-Germain, a further £30 million was splashed out on AS Monaco player Djibril Sidibe.