Arsenal in seventh heaven in Vietnam

22nd Jul 2013

Vietnam may not be the first name on most people's lips when it comes to naming football powerhouses.

But it's a measure of this country's international standing that it has lured a sporting global brand such as Arsenal FC to their land.

The Gunners have been leaving a legacy in the south-east Asian country, making friends everywhere they go, as part of their final preparations for the forthcoming Premier League season.

Tourists on city breaks, including Arsenal supporters, and locals alike have been able to mingle alongside the football team during their stay in a Hanoi hotel.

International stars Bacary Sagna and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posed for pictures with many young fans.

One Scottish group enjoying family holidays in Vietnam met the squad and were given VIP passes, signed photos and other memorabilia.

The locals weren't forgotten either, with Arsenal fan Vu Xuan Tien, 20, meeting his heroes after pursuing their bus, dodging Hanoi's traffic to keep up.

The players stopped the vehicle and signed his shirt.

Vietnam's beaches, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Ha Long are all tourist temptations capable of turning the Gunners' heads.

But they have been primarily in the country for business and enjoyed a 7-1 win over the Vietnamese national team.

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