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In the run up to Football Manager Handheld 2013 and after the exciting Premier League start Chelsea8 and I thought we would give a mini-preview to each team for the next version based on our opinions and the previous season. We not only hope that this is enjoyable but insightful too and hope you share your opinions on the team you are looking forward to managing in the Premier League on FMH2013.

For your own piece of mind I did Arsenal to Norwich City and Chelsea8 did Queens Park Rangers through to Wigan Athletic, we hope you enjoy the article.


Last season's finish: 3rd

Financial status: Rich

Recommended formation: 4231

Star player: Thomas Vermaelen

Information: With a weakened team and no trophy in 7 years Arsenal have watched their rivals from a close yet far distance for some time and losing their best player of 2011/12 to rivals Manchester United plus with every team around them strengthening in some way it leaves Arsenal facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League. Luckily the addition of Santi Carzola, Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski cover up some of the dents yet there's no denying Arsenal's defensive weakness. The wing area for your team is the strongest and in Giroud and Podolski they should form a consistent partnership as long as Carzola is on form, the main problem is your DMC slot with Alex Song’s exit and the lack of quality full backs, this will be priority in your side when you delve into the FMH2013 transfer market. Arsenal can be an interesting game as they look to pick up and get their injury prone player’s back on track and the team all together has potential but they just need to be shaped in the right way, that will be your job if you choose to take it.

Difficulty of title challenge: 3/10


Last season's finish: 16th

Financial status: Very Good

Recommended formation: 433 (wide)

Star player: Darren Bent

Information: A hugely disappointing 2011-12 season will surely see Aston Villa’s team go down the attribute ratings on FMH2013 and with only a few transfers in for the club and none being a significant fee the team will be mostly the same from the one that was under Alex McLeish. Some good news is though you can expect a solid new DC in Ron Vlaar and some great wingers wearing your Claret and Blue shirts, also you will have money available to strengthen a weak looking midfield with Stilian Petrov’s future on FMH2013 in doubt as he looks to recover from his leukaemia. It won’t be easy managing Villa this year but it shouldn’t be as difficult as McLeish made it as the squad still has some quality players who can easily challenge for the European spots, winning the league though…well that’s just a pipedream sadly.

Difficulty of title challenge: 7/10


Last season's finish: 6th

Financial status: Rich

Recommended formation: 4231

Star player: Eden Hazard

Information: A mixed bag season for Chelsea has seen them ring the changes in the close season and with new, exciting players in the mix they will be a more promising and attacking team on FMH. Main striker Fernando Torres is the pinnacle of the turbulent season which ended with a 6th placed finish and the European Champions title and his firing in the Euro 2012 tournament may relax some of the pressure on the FM Scouts’ shoulders on how much to downgrade him by. The new look Chelsea have left a lot of their old players behind and while a few still exist in the ranks the attacking selection of Victor Moses, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Juan Mata provide youth in the team with none of them anywhere near their peak age. The team will be an interesting mixture of money, youth and movement for any player looking to have a game with near dominance in the next 10 seasons, just make sure you don’t splash out too much on attacking players as the quality is there and the defensive is pretty solid too, a few changes can be made though with Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun and Henrique Hilario looking to head out with a few defensive changes probably needed (DMC is priority though John Obi Mikel is often overrated in FMH so bear that in mind).

Difficulty of title challenge: 1/10

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From the Newcastle review:

The midfield is especially full of the footballing gift as they look to better themselves next time and your job won’t be to buy many players in order to do so but accommodate them and look for them one or two changes to make them go that extra mile and take them to the next level and rest assured you should be given a significant amount to do so with as the current team you can pick at least 2 players to potentially play in every area of the field, so buy to a high standard as that is what you’d need to improve to take them to the next level and compete with the best like Manchester City and this is where you find the problem as the team isn’t equipped for this as a whole and you may need to take some good players and sell them to make your team suitable for glory.

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