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Football News > Football Manager: Walcott Down The Middle


The ever popular game Football Manager has used it's database to simulate Walcott's scenarios at Arsenal, playing out the 2012/13 season to see how the team would perform with Walcott playing on the wing or as a striker.

Theo Walcott is yet to sign a new contract, seemingly because of his desire to play down the middle as one of Arsenal's main strikers. But how would Arsenal fare this season if Walcott was given the run of games down the middle that he's after?


Projected Arsenal finish with Walcott as striker.

The great and unique advantage to the database is that the stats have strong accuracy based on their scouting network. Football Manager run experiments with the Sports Interactive team to see how certain teams/players perform based on rumoured stories/issues in the press.

Walcott as a striker - Rotated with Giroud in a 4-5-1 formation. Figures suggest that Walcott is the preferred option, starting 33 games to Giroud’s 24; Walcott scores 15 goals with a 7.08 average rating, whilst Giroud manages 18 goals but a slightly lower average rating of 6.98; Arsenal finish the season in 5th place after a disastrous second half to the season, falling from 2nd in mid-January; But on a positive note, Walcott signs a new deal until 2015 and is valued at £13 Million.



Projected Arsenal finish with Walcott as winger.

Walcott as a winger - Rotated with Cazorla in the right-sided attacking midfielder role; Cazorla is the preferred option, starting 43 times to Walcott’s 25; Walcott is mainly selected when Cazorla moves into the AMC role that he favours; Walcott’s figures are 25 appearances, scoring 4 goals with an average 6.76: He does sign a new deal but later in the season than in other sim, and is valued at £10 million; Arsenal finish 4th, with 3 more points than in the other sim, again they reach 2nd place – this time in early April – but can only win 2 of their last 6.

Football Manager prides itself on bringing football fans as close as possible to real-life management. This is based on their extensively researched stats database. They have a network of 1,000 scouts worldwide and each player is rated on 200 different stats. Over 530,000 players and managers are registered on the database and Everton FC has a licence to the stats to assist with the club's global scouting processes. AVB and Sven Goran Eriksson have also been known to use Football Manager for statistical guidance on unknown foreign players.

Walcott does indeed perform better as a striker but at the slight detriment to the club’s overall finishing position. Let us know what you think of Walcott's future, and of course of Football Manager, is there a better football management game?!  
 

Only published comments... Nov 29 2012, 12:06 PM by Editor

Comments

 

ChangTrafford41226 said:

  Whoa, Football Manager. I didn't know that it could do this.

November 29, 2012 3:03 PM
 

dalong1 said:

clever

November 29, 2012 3:52 PM
 

dalong1 said:

best game ever?

November 29, 2012 3:54 PM
 

Xandai said:

Jpar has this

November 29, 2012 5:40 PM
 

Dom77 said:

football manager is fantastic - definitely the best! I hope walcott stays at Arsenal - hes a great player and deserves a chance as a striker!! Just look at the goals he is scoring and the form he's in!

November 29, 2012 7:53 PM
 

diegobarca10 said:

   walcott needs to sign da ting

November 30, 2012 12:02 AM
 

BMD_GOONER said:

I say give him a go up front for a game before the transfer window opens up again. He would have no choice but to impress w all the hype on the subject recently. C'mon, worst thing that could happen is we lose at Norwich or maybe goal-less draw at Villa. Frustrated over here man.

December 1, 2012 2:20 AM
 

CanadianGooner said:

^ "no chance but to impress"

are you crazy? all the hype would mean that we're expecting big things from him, ergo he's much, much more likely to fall short of our expectations

December 1, 2012 11:41 PM
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