Arsenal midfielder and vice-captain Mikel Arteta says the side's free-scoring attitude towards their pre-season friendlies is to thank the Far East fans for their passionate support.

The Gunners have played twice already during their tour and they have knocked-in seven goals on both occasions.

Arsenal's first stop in their pre-season tour was Indonesia and they managed to beat an All-Star XI side 7-0, thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Eisfeld, Chuba Akpom, Kris Olsson and a brace from Olivier Giroud.

Arsene Wenger's men then travelled to Vietnam where they thrashed another XI 7-1. Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ignasi Miquel, a brace from Chuba Akpom and an impressive first-half hat-trick from that man again, Giroud.

Arteta, who is currently captain as Thomas Vermaelen has missed the tour due to injury, has said that the side are enjoying their time out in the Far East and has revealed that they are eager to impress their loyal fans from all over the globe.

“We tried our best again,” he told Arsenal Player after the win in Hanoi. “The way the fans have behaved with us since we have been here has been absolutely fantastic.

“The only way we could give them that back was by performing on the pitch. They were very excited for the [Vietnam] game and I think we put on a good show with a lot of goals. It was an entertaining game.

“Vietnam is unbelievable. I think it's a place that Arsenal will come back to in a few years time. It's the first time that any Premier League club has been in this country and I think it's been worth it.

“I've never seen something like it - how crazy the fans are here, the amount of motorbikes we've seen following the bus and we've got some good stories as well so I think it's been very nice."

 

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