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Gunners announce deal with Vietnamese club
Arsenal Football Club and Vietnamese League club Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) are delighted to announce a technical and marketing partnership today, Tuesday 6th March, which will continue to develop the north London clubâ€™s presence in Asia.
The partnership will lead to the establishment and operation of an Arsenal elite football academy in Vietnam, technical support for the HAGL football team and various commercial, marketing and business support for the Vietnamese club. Arsenal will also use the partnership as an opportunity to further develop club-related marketing and merchandising initiatives along with community outreach soccer school activities in Vietnam.
Keith Edelman, Arsenal Managing Director said â€˜It is the first venture of its kind by any major football club into Vietnam, a territory which is renowned for its love of football and we are delighted to have found a partner who shares the same goals as us â€” to develop the local game at all levels and help provide the foundations for the Club to have a genuine presence in the regionâ€™.
Arsenal Manager ArsÃ¨ne Wenger said "We try to extend Arsenal in many territories, but in a way where we can make a difference with our technical cooperation. Of course, we want to develop future talent but I also support the local benefits of a great project which gives a chance to young players who have a dream. Our venture in Thailand and now Vietnam will show us if it's true that with the same quality of work, Asian players are as capable of making a career in Europe where you have a selection of the best players in the worldâ€™.
Mr. Duc, Chairman of Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC said â€˜â€™We are delighted that such a prestigious and historic club as Arsenal is undertaking this joint venture with HAGL FC. Our club is looking forward to working with Arsenal to develop football in Vietnam and establish links which could in time open the door for Vietnamese players to play in England. Vietnamese football will greatly benefit from the experience and expertise of Arsenal and in turn Arsenalâ€™s presence will expand in Asia through this partnershipâ€
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