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The Arsenal fan who ran for five kilometres alongside the team bus in Hanoi, surviving collisions with a lamp-post and a tree, got the players singing “sign him up” to Arsene Wenger who was sitting at the front. After leaping onto a motorbike, he was eventually invited on board where the players signed his shirt and took pictures.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny tells the story in a video posted on the Arsenal website. You can see how impressed they players were when Vu Xuan Tien took off his shirt and revealed an “impressive six-pack”.
Just another of Arsenal’s amazing fans in Vietnam.
Thinking it would be impossible, I asked Vietnam Football Federation Vice Chairman Le Hung Dung over lunch yesterday whether we could get “the running man” a ticket for today’s match. Mr Dung is also Chairman of EximBank. He immediately picked up the phone and two minutes later told me a ticket would be on its way.
Vietnamese “can do” attitude? In his video, Wojciech Szczesny’s message is: “if you really want to pursue your dreams, it can happen”.
Let’s hope for a great match this evening and another boost to sporting links between Britain and Vietnam.