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FIFA 19: There’s a new fastest player and it’s not who you think

Step aside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had his pace heavily downgraded by EA Sports.

The Gabon star was the fastest player in last year’s game with an incredible 96 pace in standard gold card form.

However, the Arsenal man has dropped two points to 94 in this year’s game.

Wolve’s winger Adama Traore and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe top the pile with 96 apiecemaking them the fastest active players in the game.

However, look closely and Adama just edges it as his acceleration is 97 compared to Mbappe’s 96.

Adama Traore broke Hammers hearts with a last-ditch winner for Wolves

Adama Traore is the one of the fastest players on this year’s game

Aubameyang’s not the only Gunners star to take a ratings hit. In fact a number of the Arsenal first-team appears to have been downgraded in FIFA 19.

The Gunners have endured a shaky start to the season and a number of top players haven’t performed.

The best No14 Arsenal have ever had. What’s that? Thierry who? Oh yeah, good point…

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The best No14 Arsenal have ever had. What’s that? Thierry who? Oh yeah, good point…

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has looked a shadow of the shot-stopper he was at Chelsea, was handed the biggest drop – plummeting from 86 to 82.

Elsewhere, Laurent Koscielny is down from 84 to 82, Shkodran Mustafi drops from 84 to 82 while Alexandre Lacazette is down from 85 to 84.

Mesut Ozil drops a massive two points from 88 to 86.

Here’s the full list of downgrades (compared with their FIFA 18 ratings) courtesy of Futhead)

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 87 (down from 88)
  • Mesut Özil 86 (down from 88)
  • Alexandre Lacazette 84 (down from 85)
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan 84 (down from 85)
  • Bernd Leno 84 (down from 85)
  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos 84 (down from 86)
  • Aaron Ramsey 82 (no change)
  • Shkodran Mustafi 82 (down from 84)
  • Laurent Koscielny 82 (down from 84)
  • Petr Cech 82 (down from 86)

What are the biggest changes in FIFA this year?

There are a host of new gameplay features and tweaks set to arrive to this year’s game.

Here are the most important.

Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

Sweet spot

If you tap Circle or B just as your foot hits the ball, you massively increase the chance of striking it into the top corner.

It’s all about timing, so get it wrong and you’ll be punished with a scuffed shot.


Game plans have been introduced this year – which are set up before a match.

Here, you can set what tactics your team has depending on certain situations – such as if they’re 1-0 up or losing a match.

Once you have made the plans, simply assign to a D-pad press and you’re good to go.

FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon

Unlike last year, when it was hard to see if a tactical option had been executed, there’s now a clear toggle for on-the-fly instructions.

We’ve seen this before

We’ve seen this before

You’re also now able to adjust your team’s width and depth, as well as instruct your full backs what kind of runs to make in attack or your centre back to cover certain areas of the pitch.

There’s greater control over your team’s defensive style, too – with new settings: “pressure after possession loss,” “constant pressure,” “drop back,” “balanced,” and “pressure on heavy touch.”

Sounds great!

Revised mini-map

A simple but welcome change.

One team will now have triangle icons, the other will have circles – so it’s easier to see who’s who.

Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

Champions League

EA has got everything from the Champions League logo including the commentary team, Derek Rae and Lee Dixon.

It’ll also have its own mode and the ability to create custom tournaments. Amazing.

Europa League

This was slightly overshadowed by the Champions League announcement, but yes the Europa League will also be in FIFA 19.

Expect the full broadcast package, too.

General gameplay 

Passing has been re-worked to feel more natural, while a active touch system allows better first touches from different parts of the body.

It also opens up the possibility of a feint attack – where, as the ball approaches, you can shift your weight one way, before going the other.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

Stepovers, too, are reportedly easier to pull off and look more convincing – making it harder for your opponent to defend against.

Finally, 50/50 battles over a loose ball will now take into account more variables than last year – such as reaction time.