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Vietnam fan's joy at meeting Arsenal after pursuing their bus

  • 17 July 2013
  • From the section Asia
Media captionArsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny describes Vu Xuan Tien's efforts to keep up with the bus

A Vietnamese fan of Arsenal football club has spoken of his joy at meeting his heroes after pursuing their bus.

Vu Xuan Tien, 20, was invited to meet the squad after they noticed a man clad in a team shirt running near the bus, dodging Hanoi's traffic to keep up.

The players then stopped the bus and signed his shirt. "I never thought I'd be so lucky," he told the BBC.

Arsenal were in the Vietnamese capital to play the national team, who they beat 7-1 on Wednesday.

A video on the Arsenal website showed the players cheering on Mr Vu, chanting "sign him up, sign him up".

In an interview with the BBC's Vietnamese Service, he said he had been an Arsenal fan all his life and had simply wanted to see his heroes, who are on the second leg of an Asian tour.

"When I got on board the coach and saw the manager Arsene Wenger and the footballers cheering me, I was very happy," he said. "I was surprised by the friendliness they showed towards their fans."

When asked about which side he would support in Wednesday's match, he replied: "I will cheer both teams... but I will give a bit more to Vietnam."

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