Football Manager 2013 Team Guide – Arsenal

FM13 Team Review Arsenal

Club Background

arsenalFounded in 1886, Arsenal are a professional English club currently playing in the Barclays Premier League. The club play their home games at Emirates Stadium and possess state of the art training and youth facilities. The club's training ground is London Colney. The Arsenal reserve team play at Underhill whilst the youth team play at London Colney. The club also has good junior coaching and a well-established youth recruitment network. The club is affectionately known as The Gunners and retains a fierce rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Having enjoyed their greatest spell of success during the 1930s, The Gunners are undoubtedly one of the most successful clubs in England. Boasting a proud total of thirty-nine competition wins, here are just some of their highlights: Arsenal finished runners-up in the UEFA Champions League in 2006, won the English top division thirteen times and are eight-time runners-up, won the Cup Winners Cup in 1994 and finished second best two further times, and won the Europa League in 1970 and finished runners-up once.

Club Information

Year Founded 1886
Operating Status Professional
Nickname The Gunners
Chairman Status Loves the club

Legends Ian Wright (Player), Tony Adams (Player), Patrick Vieira (Player), Thierry Henry (Player), Dennis Bergkamp (Player), Ciff Bastin (Player), Bob Wilson (Player), Arsene Wenger (Manager), Herbert Chapman (Manager)

Icons Marc Overmars (Player), John Radford (Player), Michael Thomas (Player), Alex James (Player), Frank McLintock (Player), Charlie Nicholas (Player), David Jack (Player), Ted Drake (Player), George Graham (Manager), Fredrik Ljungberg (Player), Pat Jennings (Player), Ken Friar (Player), David Flocastle (Player), Lee Dixon (Player), Martin Keown (Player), Steve Boild (Player), Robert Pires (Player), Nigel Winterbum (Player), David Seaman (Player), Ray Parlour (Player), Liam Brady (Player), David 0'Leary (Player), Paul Meraerl (Player), Pal Rice (Player), Charlie George (Player)

Favoured Personnel Cesc Fabregas (Player)

Derbies North London Derby (vs Tottenham)
Fierce Rivals Tottenham (Local), Man Utd (Competitive), Chelsea (Local)
Other Rivals Liverpool (Competitive), West Ham (local)

Finances Rich
Average Ticket Price £48
Average Season Ticket Price £1,390
Season Ticket Holders 40,000
Estimated Value £780M (Loan Debt: £394M)

Continental Competition  UEFA Champions League
Media Prediction 4th
Squad Personality Ambitious
Captain Thomas Vermaelen
Vice Captain Mikel Arteta


Stadium Name Emirates
Stadium Capacity 60361 all-seater
Year Built 2006
Owned By  Arsenal
Stadium Condition Very Good
Under Soil Heating Yes
Roof No
Surface Grass
Pitch Dimensions Length: 104m, Width: 67m
Maximum Pitch Dimensions Length: 109m, Width: 71 m
Pitch Condition Perfect
Training Facilities Top training facilities
Youth Facilities Top Youth Facilities
Youth Setup Category 1
Reserve Stadium Underhill, London
Youth Stadium London Colney, St. Albans
Training Ground London Colney, St. Albans
Corporate Facilities Top corporate facilities
Junior Coaching Good junior coaching
Youth Recruitment Well established youth recruitment

Affiliated Clubs

LEMANS FC (France), BEC (Thailand), Colorado (United States), Gia Lai (Vietnam), Wadi Degla (Egypt), Salamanca (Spain), Boreham Wood (England), FC Lorient (France), Inverness CT (Scotland), Barnet (England)

General Finances

Transfer Budget (Season) £30M
Transfer Budget (Remaining) £30M
% of transfer revenue made available 100%

15 year stadium sponsorship deal at £6.66M per season. Bids 2019
11 year general sponsorship deal at £727M per season. Bids 2014
8 year main kit sponsorship deal at £5M per season. Bids 2014.

Loans Outstanding
Bank Loan or £172M (£1 25M/per month until 1.7.2030).
Bank Loan of £50M (£369KIper month until 1.7.2032).
Supporters‘ Trust Loan or £14.5M (£68K/per month until 30.11 2029).
Supporters‘ Trust Loan or £12.75M (£75K/per month until 30.11 2029).

Club Membership
£3.79M per season (108285 members)

Preferred Tactic

Arsenal_ Tactics Overview

Squad Depth


Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Goalkeepers

Right Backs

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Defenders Right

Centre Backs

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Centre Backs

Left Backs

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Left Backs

Defensive Midfielders

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Defensive Midfielders

Midfielders Centre

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Midfielders Centre

Attacking Midfielders Left

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Attacking Midfielders Left

Attacking Midfielders Right

Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Attacking Midfielders Right


Arsenal_ Report Squad Depth Strikers

Final Words

Our overall verdict of Arsenal would be excellent. Great first team, with lots of coverage for each position and of course you’ll be having a great youth recruitment. If you find yourself lacking players on some positions, there is also a £30M transfer budget that you can spend on new signings.

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