Arsenal stars find “hero” in Vietnam while touring away from London Colney

PUBLISHED: 18:24 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:24 16 July 2013

Francis Coquelin and Wojciech Szczesny - pictured recently at Arsenal's training grounds in London Colney, ahead of the Asia tour, when they went head to head in a special camping challenge

Francis Coquelin and Wojciech Szczesny - pictured recently at Arsenal's training grounds in London Colney, ahead of the Asia tour, when they went head to head in a special camping challenge

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ARSENAL players currently away from their London Colney training ground as they continue their Asia Tour have been left in no doubt about their popularity after one fan bumped into trees and a lamp post in his excitement to meet them.

Ahead of tomorrow’s (Wednesday) game against the Vietnam national side in the My Dinh National Stadium, the players recently met local supporters in Hanoi.

They dubbed one determined young fan the “running man” as he ambitiously followed the Gunners’ coach, en route to the One Pillar Pagoda in the centre of the city, for five kilometres.

The fan eventually clambered onto a motorbike, reached the coach door and boarded the vehicle to a standing ovation from the Arsenal players.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – son of former Polish international keeper Maciej Szczesny – has recounted the tale in a special Arsenal video, available on YouTube, where the running man is described as a “hero”.

Wojciech said: “We were all cheering him on.”

The players suggested the man be signed up.

Kick-off for Wednesday’s game is 1pm UK time.

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