How to win the Europa League with Arsenal in FIFA 19
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Take the Gunners to the Europa League Final with these tips.
After beating Valencia 3-1 in the first leg of the semis, Arsenal find themselves in a great position to reach the Europa League final in Azerbaijan on May 29. To get there, they’ll require a big effort from their star players in the return leg.
What formation should you play?
The current default formation for Arsenal in FIFA 19 is the 4-2-3-1, which makes excellent use of the team’s strength in midfield. Two CDMs lends to a particularly defensive-minded setup on paper, but there’s plenty of scope for fast build-ups with the likes of Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi in wide midfield positions, as well as Özil at CAM.
Arsenal’s versatile midfielders are well suited to the 4-2-2-2, which incorporates two central defensive and attacking midfield roles. The latter positions require skill in both central and wide areas, which perfectly suits Mkhitaryan and Özil in particular. This time, you also get the benefit of two strikers, allowing Aubameyang and Lacazette to prove lethal up front.
The 5-3-2 permits you to utilise Héctor Bellerín and Sead Kolašinac in their favoured wing-back positions, bolstered by a three-man central defence, for which Arsenal boast many suitable candidates. This formation tends to suit those who prioritise patient, passing football, and can work well when in need of a defensive boost.
Who’s in the team?
Bernd Leno is your keeper of choice between the sticks, just beating out Petr Cech. Héctor Bellerín and Sead Kolašinac are the top two full-backs in the team, but the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles can fill in here too, and sports more potential than Kolašinac. Any of Sokratis, Koscielny and Mustafi are the best choices for the centre-back role, although it’s worth keeping an eye on the high potentials of Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos in Career Mode.
The two best CDMs in the side by some distance are Torreira and Xhaka, although Guendouzi has outstanding potential for future seasons. They’re the main options in central midfield too, but Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suárez are good alternatives.
The right and left midfield roles belong to Mkhitaryan and Iwobi respectively (unless you’re playing with one striker, in which case use Aubameyang at LM). Finally, Özil is the obvious choice at CAM due to his 85 overall rating.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the best striker in the team, but works best when partnered with Alexandre Lacazette upfront. The other forward to keep your eye on is 19-year-old Nketiah, who could be a potential pick with his talents in Career Mode. Arsenal are lacking in terms of natural wingers, but Mkhitaryan, Özil, and Alex Iwobi can all fill these roles particularly well. The same goes for youngsters Nelson, Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in years to come.
Which tactics should you use?
Arsenal tend to work best when utilising a possession-based style of play, although some formations favour the quicker tempo of a ‘fast build up’. They’re also set to ‘press after possession loss’ in defence, which works well - they can even excel with a ‘pressure on heavy touch’ style when facing lower quality teams with less skilled players.
Regardless of whether they’re playing at full-back or wing-back, Bellerín and Kolašinac are great at bursting down the wings. When assigning player instructions, the best approach is the current default - retain a ‘balanced attack’ style – for these two, but combine it with an ‘overlap’ run type, allowing them to get involved out wide. Up front, Lacazette works well in a ‘target man’ capacity when playing as a lone striker.
None of Arsenal’s free-kick takers particularly stand out, but Granit Xhaka is the default due to his 76 fk. accuracy and 90 shot power. If you’re looking to get more curve on your free-kicks, go with Özil or Aubameyang. Corners are also best left to Xhaka as a result of his 85 long passing attribute, while Lacazette is the Gunners’ top penalty taker.