Arsenal stars swap London Colney training ground for Vietnam

Arsenal has released a film to commemorate close to a century of international travel, ahead of this

Arsenal has released a film to commemorate close to a century of international travel, ahead of this summer’s Asia Tour 2013. Pictured is French international Olivier Giroud, who joined Arsenal June 2012 from Ligue 1 champions Montpelier. - Credit: Photo supplied by Arsenal

ARSENAL, which trains at London Colney, has released a film to commemorate close to a century of international travel, ahead of this summer’s Asia Tour 2013.

Arsenal has released a film to commemorate close to a century of international travel, ahead of this

Arsenal has released a film to commemorate close to a century of international travel, ahead of this summer’s Asia Tour 2013. - Credit: Photo supplied by Arsenal

The Gunners have so far played in 52 countries around the world, and this pre-season that tally will rise to 54.

Arsenal are set to become the first Premier League side ever to visit Vietnam later this month, and also fly to Indonesia, Japan and Finland ahead of the new campaign.

The film celebrates Arsenal’s history as a travelling club, through pictures and mementos associated with its time on the road.

According to a spokesman the story of the pre-tour video begins in the “bowels of the Arsenal Museum” at the end of last season.

Titled “The Suitcase”, it also looks ahead to the team’s upcoming tour with forward Oliver Giroud, a French international, who joined Arsenal June 2012 from Ligue 1 champions Montpelier.

The spokesman said: “We hope this video captures a little of the spirit and flavour of those early times, when travelling the world was hardly straightforward.

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“It also shows the commitment the Club has always maintained to meet its supporters wherever they may be.”