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Bullets from the Ashes: A different Arsenal Story

Started on 9 August 2012 by jimgooner
Latest Reply on 15 September 2012 by jimgooner
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13.7.12 - Arsenal Announce their new assistant manager!


Geoff Keeling had spent days on end searching through various applications for the Assistant Manager role. He also looked at people who didn't apply and he found two people, Tito Vilanova and Tony Coton.

Geoff's first choice was Vilanova. He called him to enquire about his availability.

Keeling
Vilanova

-Hello, is that Tito there?
-Ci, and you are?
-Hi Tito, I am Geoff Keeling.
-Ah Hello Geoff, may I ask why you called me?
-Well Tito, would you be interested in becoming the Assistant Manager at Arsenal?
-Well, yes, I would.
-Excellent, how much do you want a week?
-£22k a week please, non-negotiable
-Well, you can piss off. I wouldn't pay any member of staff that much.

With that Geoff Keeling hung up, furious at those demands. "Oh well" he thought, time to approach Tony Coton.

Keeling
Coton

-Hello, is Tony here?
-Yes, who is this?
-Hi Tony, this is Geoff Keeling speaking.
-Oh Hello Geoff, why'd you call?
-Well Tony, would you be interested in becoming Assistant Manager at Arsenal?
-Oh yes, absolutely!
-Ok how much roughly would you want?
-Well, I would like roughly £2k a week, is that too much?
-No that is perfect! We will meet soon to finalise the contract. I look forward to meeting you. Bye.
-Bye.

Geoff Keeling was delighted. He was very happy to get Tony Coton onboard.

15.7.12


Geoff Keeling knew that he had to make some signings, but he didn't want to make them just for the sake of it. He had spent a great deal of time looking through scout reports. He had an ideal type of player in mind,

"Can play Attacking Midfield, Both of the wings and at Striker, has flair. Is young and shows signs of being a world beater."

He hadn't found any ideal candidates yet and he was getting frustrated. There were a few players on the radar but Geoff didn't think much of them. He was however tempted by Eden Hazard, a young Belgian who played for Lille. He looked fairly good but Geoff didn't think the £35m price tag was correct. If he was going to spend that much money on a youngster they would have to be unbelievably good. He had sent out a message to all his scouts instructing them to look for this "Ideal Player". Unfortunately this was yet to make much of a difference. That was until now.

Liam Brady, came bursting into Geoff Keeling's room with excitement spread across his face. He took a deep breath and said,

"Geoff, I think I've found the player we're looking for. He's a Brazilian who plays for Santos. He ticks all the boxes, He's 20 and he's already tearing the league apart. He can play Upfront, on the left and in at attacking mid. Pele is a huge fan of him. He thinks this lad will be better than Messi. He's called Neymar."

"I see," replied Geoff Keeling " I want to see him for myself. Let me just check when Santos' next game is... Ah right, their next game is on the 18th, I'm going to book a flight and I'm going to watch him play. It's home. Do you want to come Liam?"

"Sure! I would really love to watch this lad play. If he's as good as everyone says he is we should sign him whatever the price."

16.7.12


The next day the two men got a taxi to Heathrow airport. They were taking a flight to Sao Paulo.

When they landed Geoff Keeling and Liam Brady made their way through the airport security. They both hated hanging around so they quickly made their way to the car that had been booked. The driver seemed like a nice enough guy. Near to the end of the journey he said,

"Are you hear for Neymar?", Geoff Keeling replied " Well we are interested in him, but we are not certain if we will make a bid."

"Oh really," The driver responded, " You should sign him. I think he will better the Pele. I have seen both of them play many times and Neymar just looks more nimble and more clean cut and precise than Pele."

"I see, if you hold him in such high regard why do you think we should sign him. Surely you want him to stay at Santos?"

"I do but I'm not stupid. I realised a long time ago that he would leave. I love Neymar, but for his sake he should leave. Our league as much as it is entertaining it is not what it used to be. The top players have to play in Europe and I know that. I like Arsenal, the way you play, the way you behave. It is just the right way. Your club is special. I don't want him going to some disgraceful team were he will be encouraged to dive and all that stuff. Some fans will think he will never leave, but they are stupid. We have other good players, but they will probably leave as well. Have you heard of Ganso? He is good. You should buy him if you didn't have so many midfielders.

"Thank you my friend, and If he is as good as you say he is I think we may make a bid. Thank you for the ride hear. It is much appreciated."

They had reached the end of the journey and were relishing watching Neymar. Hopefully he would be as good as the driver had said
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Doing exceptionally well in the storyline department.
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#64696 akash.vidyasagar : I'm sorry, I just came here for the Walrus!
Doing exceptionally well in the storyline department.
Your last post is proof that you have come a long way when it comes to writing. Keep going :)
cheers mate! I really appreciate that since I look up to your writing! and Oh yeah The Walrus is AWESOME!
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#64703 jimgooner : #64696 akash.vidyasagar :
I'm sorry, I just came here for the Walrus!
Doing exceptionally well in the storyline department.
Your last post is proof that you have come a long way when it comes to writing. Keep going :)
cheers mate! I really appreciate that since I look up to your writing! and Oh yeah The Walrus is AWESOME!

What he says...
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#64813 Atreidas : #64703 jimgooner :
#64696 akash.vidyasagar :
I'm sorry, I just came here for the Walrus!
Doing exceptionally well in the storyline department.
Your last post is proof that you have come a long way when it comes to writing. Keep going :)
cheers mate! I really appreciate that since I look up to your writing! and Oh yeah The Walrus is AWESOME!


What he says...
Just i like the bunny more :D

Hahaha cheers mate :D

#64810 craborumtoon : what the hell is that sheep thing supposed to be doing? lol

Its a Bunny!
#64815 jimgooner : #64813 Atreidas :
#64703 jimgooner :
#64696 akash.vidyasagar :
I'm sorry, I just came here for the Walrus!
Doing exceptionally well in the storyline department.
Your last post is proof that you have come a long way when it comes to writing. Keep going :)
cheers mate! I really appreciate that since I look up to your writing! and Oh yeah The Walrus is AWESOME!


What he says...
Just i like the bunny more :D


Hahaha cheers mate :D

#64810 craborumtoon :
what the hell is that sheep thing supposed to be doing? lol


Its a Bunny!

oops lol :P Its awesome anyway!!!
#64816 craborumtoon : #64815 jimgooner :
#64813 Atreidas :
#64703 jimgooner :
#64696 akash.vidyasagar :
I'm sorry, I just came here for the Walrus!
Doing exceptionally well in the storyline department.
Your last post is proof that you have come a long way when it comes to writing. Keep going :)
cheers mate! I really appreciate that since I look up to your writing! and Oh yeah The Walrus is AWESOME!


What he says...
Just i like the bunny more :D


Hahaha cheers mate :D

#64810 craborumtoon :
what the hell is that sheep thing supposed to be doing? lol


Its a Bunny!


oops lol :P Its awesome anyway!!!

Hell Yeah!

18.7.12 - The Match


Both of the men were looking forward to watching the Santos game that day. Geoff Keeling had spent a lot of time looking at videos of Neymar and so far he was impressed. They were eager to visit the Estádio Urbano Caldeira.

It felt like an eternity had passed between the time the men woke up and the time the match started. Neymar and Ganso were both starting.

The first chance fell during the 7th minute. A Santos defender made a tackle as they were defending(a rarity in Brazilian Football) and switched the play. A pass was made to Ganso, who beat a player and hit a through ball to Neymar. He took on 3 men before drilling in a well hit cross. The ball fell to Ganso, who had made up a lot of ground. He jumped up and got his head on it, however the ball went just over the bar.

That piece of play summed up the whole half. Neymar, dribbling past defenders. Ganso wasting chances. As they went in the score was 0-0. Geoff and Liam were talking about Neymar's performance at half time.

"He's looked ok" said Geoff."Yeah, I think he may just have not settled into the game yet, but if this is his best, he is not worth the amount we will have to pay."

"Oh yeah, absolutely."

The second half was much more entertaining. The first goal came in the 50th minute and it was spectacular. A corner was whipped in. The ball was headed away but only to Neymar, who smashed it first time into the top corner. The crowd went mental! 1-0.

However, the second goal was arguably better. Neymar got the ball, he passed it and ran on. He received the ball 40 yards out from goal. He took on a whole five players and he was one-on-one with the keeper. He faked a shot and went the other way, strolling past the keeper on the floor and tapped it into the open net.

The game ended 2-0 to Santos. Neymar really showed up in the second half, and the two men were very impressed.
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#64955 FMRegen27 : Nice Writing Keep Going :D
(I Come Here For The Falling Bunny! :D )

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