How far would you go to meet your heroes? For one Arsenal fan, the answer is a few miles in just over 15 minutes.
As Arsenal continued their Asia Tour in Hanoi, the team took some time off to visit the One Pillar Pagoda and naturally were chased by many local fans hoping to catch a rare glimpse of the Gunners in person as they ventured across Vietnam on their team bus to the historic Buddhist temple.
Many tried to dart in and out of traffic on bikes, but it was one man who caught the squad’s undivided attention as he impressively ran alongside the bus, keeping pace despite bumping into a few trees and lampposts. And the bus was soon full of chants from the Arsenal team singing: ‘Sign him up, sign him up.’ One player is heard to joke: ‘He’s fitter than Aaron Ramsey!’
Keeping the pace: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta poses with ‘The Running Man’ on the Gunners team coach
Touching distance: The Running Man attempts to keep pace with the Arsenal team bus
Good tempo: Arsenal players were impressed with the consistent running pace of the fan
Striker Olivier Giroud filmed the run on his phone before uploading it on to his Facebook page where he claimed the fan had followed the bus for 15 minutes.
So impressed were the Arsenal squad that cheers of ‘sign him up’ soon filled the bus, before the fan eventually jumped on to the back of a bike near the end of his pursuit, to cheers from the Arsenal players.
But by that point the Arsenal touring party had been won over and took time out to allow the fan they have now dubbed as ‘The Running Man’, after the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, on to the bus to get pictures with the players as well as his replica shirt signed.
On board: The fan was invited on to the team bus after his running exploits
In good shape: Arsenal players were impressed with the fan’s six-pack as his shirt was passed round to be signed
Start of a signing spree? Manager Arsene Wenger signs the fan’s shirt
Wojciech Szczesny, whop helped narrate the video on the Arsenal website, claimed how the team were impressed with the physique of the fan.
The keeper admitted that even the finely tuned Premier League athletes were jealous of the supporter’s ‘unbelievable six-pack.’
After seeing the players, the fan completed his meet and greet by posing for a picture with manager Arsene Wenger and getting his shirt signed by the Arsenal boss.
Fans will hope that won’t be Wenger’s last signing of the summer as the Gunners aim to end an eight-year trophy drought next term.
Mobbed: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is greeted by fans in Vietnam
All together now: The Arsenal squad visit the One Pillar Pagoda during their sightseeing tour
Not all fans quite had the legs though as another video showing the fan running also contained a fellow supporter falling over in an effort to keep up, prompting huge laughter from the Arsenal players.
Arsenal opened up their Asia tour with a 7-0 win over the Indonesia XI and face Vietnam on Wednesday at the My Dinh National Stadium.
The north London side then travel to Japan where they will face Nagoya Grampus on July 22 and Urawa Red Diamonds four days later to complete their Asia tour.