Vietnam 'Running Man' says he was invited by Arsenal to UK

Photographs of Tien with Wenger and other Arsenal players have been widely published in Vietnam's state media and in the foreign press. He became the team's unofficial mascot on the Hanoi leg of their pre-season Asia tour, and was invited to lead the Arsenal players onto the pitch.

updated: July 18, 2013 13:28 IST
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Hanoi: A Vietnamese football fan who chased Arsenal's team bus for miles through the streets of Hanoi said on Thursday he has been invited to watch his heroes play in London.

Footage on the Arsenal website shows players cheering and chanting "Sign him up, sign him up" as the young man, wearing an Arsenal shirt and white trainers, ran alongside the bus through the Vietnamese capital.

Vu Xuan Tien, who has been dubbed the "Running Man", was eventually invited aboard to pose for photographs with the Arsenal squad and have his shirt signed by manager Arsene Wenger.

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