Arsenal Football Manager 2022 team guide with best players and high expectations


Football Manager 2022 is now available on PC, Mac, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and mobile devices, following its release on Tuesday.

FM22 is the most in-depth and detailed simulation video game, allowing players to take control of any club, or country, and work their way towards success in the short-term and long term, conducting transfers, sorting tactics and much more.

Arsenal represents a brilliant long-term project for players this year, particularly with the club having a busy summer transfer window bringing in the likes of Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Aaron Ramsdale.

There is a good foundation at the Emirates with a good blend of youth, experience and talent with top-class players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney allowing players to challenge for silverware from the start.

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We’ve put together a useful team guide for the Gunners on FM22, to give you a helping hand in your new save.

Arsenal Football Manager 2022 team guide

First day – Club vision and expectations

Arsenal's FM22 club profile.
Arsenal’s FM22 club profile.

Your first meeting as manager of Arsenal is with Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham, who gives you a summary of the club’s history, the facilities, the staff, trophies and honours.

You’ll notice that there’s also a media prediction of 7th place in the Premier League, based on the press’ judgement of your squad.

Venkatesham’s will then discuss the club’s vision, leaving you in no doubt about the expectations placed on you at the Emirates in the short term and long term.

In your first season, qualifying for the Europa League is a must, the following season it’s expected that you will qualify for the Champions League and from 2023/24 onwards, a Premier League title challenge.

You are also told about the club culture, which is about signing players under the age of 18 for the future and to play entertaining, attacking football.

Arsenal's club vision and ongoing plan.
Arsenal’s club vision and ongoing plan.

Arsenal's short-term and long-term expectations.
Arsenal’s short-term and long-term expectations.

A summary of the expectations are as follows.

Ongoing expectations: Work within the wage budget.

End of current season: Qualify for the UEFA Europa League (required) and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup (minimum).

End of 2022/23 season: Qualify for the UEFA Champions League (desired).

End of 2023/24 season: Challenge for the Premier League title (favoured) and YOUR CONTRACT EXPIRES.

End of 2024/25 season: Maintain Premier League title challenge.

End of 20225/26 season: Maintain Premier League title challenge

Recommended tactic

Vinai Venkatesham will then walk you through who your staff believe is the strongest Gunners team, making you aware of the club’s hot prospect, top earner and give you a summary of transfer obligations.

Arsenal's best XI, hot prospect, highest earner and transfer obligations.
Arsenal’s best XI, hot prospect, highest earner and transfer obligations.

After you finish the meeting, you can view your tactics, where you will see what your staff believe are the three best tactical styles to work on at Arsenal.

The thumbs up icon next to the tactics indicate that your staff think you have the players to set up in that specific tactical system.

Once you choose your preferred style, you will be taken through a tutorial to choose the suggested formation, player roles and overall team instructions, which you can edit to your heart’s content.

Arsenal's recommended tactics.
Arsenal’s recommended tactics.

Arsenal’s recommended tactics are Gegenpress, Tiki-Taka and Vertical Tiki-Taka based on the current crop of players available at the Emirates.

Squad strengths and weaknesses

You can then move over to the team report tab to see who Steve Round (assistant manager) thinks is your strongest team, with a list of strengths and weaknesses throughout the squad.

Arsenal's strengths and weaknesses.
Arsenal’s strengths and weaknesses.

This tab will give you a good indication of where the squad needs improving and which players you need to keep and which you need to sell on.

The main strengths of the squad are teamwork, youth prospects, long shots, acceleration, pace, defence depth and more.

However, the weaknesses include finishing, corners, leadership, crossing, positioning and determination.

Key players

Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney's FM22 profile.
Kieran Tierney’s FM22 profile.

Kieran Tierney is one of the most consistent and reliable full-backs in the Premier League and offers you a solid choice in defence for years to come.

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard's FM22 profile.
Martin Odegaard’s FM22 profile.

New signing Martin Odegaard has the potential to turn into a world-class attacking midfielder should he be given the correct guidance and development training.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's FM22 profile.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s FM22 profile.

Aubameyang guarantees you goals every season and is a vital player in the current Arsenal squad.

Best youngsters

Gabriel Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli's FM22 profile.
Gabriel Martinelli’s FM22 profile.

The young Brazilian winger has the potential to be a brilliant player in the coming years should he be given the deserved playing time.

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka's FM22 profile.
Bukayo Saka’s FM22 profile.

Bukayo Saka is one of the most promising talents in the Premier League, having claimed a starting spot for Arsenal and featured for England in the Euros in the summer.

William Saliba

William Saliba's FM22 profile.
William Saliba’s FM22 profile.

William Saliba has the potential to be a brilliant defensive partner for Ben White and is currently on-loan at Marseille gaining more experience, returning to the Emirates at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Under 23 squad

Arsenal's under 23 squad.
Arsenal’s under 23 squad.

Under 18 squad

Arsenal's under 18 squad.
Arsenal’s under 18 squad.

Charlie Patino, Folarin Balogun, Mika Biereth and Omar Rekik are some of the most promising youngsters in the Arsenal youth set-up and will be key should players spend multiple years at the Emirates.

Injury list

Arsenal's injury list.
Arsenal’s injury list.

Whilst there are no injuries to worry about when you start your Arsenal save, Sead Kolasinac is a risk with recurring cruciate ligament damage and will likely be injury-prone throughout your time at the Emirates.

Transfer budget and wage bill

Unfortunately, after a busy summer transfer window bringing in the likes of Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, there is very little left in the budget for extra signings, so you would need to sell-to-buy should you wish to strengthen the squad further in season one.

In your first season at Arsenal, you will have £10million to spend and a wage bill of £100k per week.

Arsenal's transfer budget and wage bill.
Arsenal’s transfer budget and wage bill.

In the second season at the Emirates, you will be given a transfer budget of £55million to bring in more signings and tweak the squad and bring in players to suit your specific playstyle.

So, what’s next you ask? Well, you will need to manage your coaching staff, scouts and complete other club maintenance, as you now lead the Gunners into a new era with your choices deciding if the club is successful or not.

Source by Football London

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