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FIFA16 Career mode guide: Arsenal

Emulating Arsene Wenger is a challenge in real life, but you should be able to far surpass anything the Frenchman has done on FIFA16.

If you like to focus on developing youngsters, splashing the cash or just winning at all costs, then Arsenal can be the club for you in your new Career Mode as you take on a highly talented squad with a tasty budget.

Managing in the Premier League is tricky on FIFA16, due to the depth of quality teams in the division, yet being Arsenal manager can be a huge amount of fun with the class of Mesut Ozil and the midfield dominance of Aaron Ramsey.

Three to buy…

Ilkay Gundogan: Arsenal’s need for a deep lying playmaker is severe and Gundogan perfectly fits the bill to partner Aaron Ramsey. Whilst Coquelin can be used in one of your more defensive formations, Gundogan has all the attributes to control from deep in your side and spread the play to the attacking talent of Sanchez and Ozil.

Gundogan will cost you nearly £30million, but you’ll get your money’s worth out of this German gem.

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Marquinhos: David Luiz and Thiago Silva are the first choice centre-backs at PSG, making Marquinhos a backup player for much of the season. The young Brazilian doesn’t have the height that some of you will desire for your FIFA centre halves but his potential can see him fly into the late 80s and become a dominating centre-back.

Marquinhos won’t be as expensive as you might think and his pace will allow you to play a high line that so many players prefer.

Mauro Icardi: A striker has to be one of your priorities when you start your save and Icardi is one of the cut price solutions if you don’t want to blow your budget on Robert Lewandowski or Karim Benzema. Icardi does not start with ratings that put Olivier Giroud to shame, but his all round game will develop to the level of Benzema or Lewandowksi and he is the ideal focal point for your attack.

Training Icardi on his passing will help if you like to use your centre forward with his back to goal.

Three to sell…

Mathieu Debuchy: You won’t make as much money as you would’ve done before January with this sale, because of the recall fee, but Debuchy can be moved on easily and free you up some funds to sign another defender to cover at both centre and right back.

The days of Debuchy as a good player to use on FIFA are long gone and he is as ordinary as it gets on 16.

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Mathieu Flamini: Flamini and Arteta should both be players you look to sell as soon as possible, even if you aren’t going to garner much revenue. At the very least, you will get Flamini’s wages off the books and free up some more to invest in players that will add to your squad in some level.

Joel Campbell: Despite his recent good form, Campbell still falls far short of the quality in the rest of the Arsenal attacking ranks.

Chamberlain, Walcott and Sanchez are all far ahead of the Costa Rican in the pecking order and, if you want extra depth, it would be more beneficial to bring in a new winger than put faith in this man. Campbell is a great signing if you are a mid table club due to his pace.

Train ’em up…

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Chamberlain’s potential has always been hard to reach on FIFA, but the new training system makes it a far more realistic prospect on this edition of the game. A rating of 83+ is easily attainable with the correct work and the Ox should be worked on his shooting.

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Hector Bellerin: You can take Bellerin on two paths as you train him. You can either make him into a Dani Alves type of full-back and focus on the attacking elements of his game, or you can look to improve his defensive attributes for the days when his pace isn’t enough.

A balanced mixture of both will see Bellerin as one of the best defenders in the world by 2018.

Serge Gnabry: Gnabry should be out on loan at the start of your save, but it might be worth recalling him if you want to mould the winger in your own way.

Pace and dribbling are, as with most of Arsenal’s forwards, his key strengths and we would advise that you get Gnabry working on ‘chance creation’ a fair bit.

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