Loyal Gunners fans turn out in force
Simon Huang needs no convincing about the pulling power of the English Premier League, and of Arsenal.
As a life-long Gunners fan there was simply no way the 40-year-old was going to miss seeing his heroes in action against Kitchee yesterday, nor the opportunity to bring his nine-year-old son Ernest along to make certain the young lad follows in his father's footsteps.
What did surprise him, though, was that there were so many around town who felt the same way.
'If it were Manchester United playing today I wouldn't be so surprised by the size of this crowd,' said Huang. 'But I suppose it's been a long time since Arsenal played here and there is not much to do in Hong Kong this summer. Plus the sun is out after all the rain. I think it just proves that there is a rising number of fans here for Arsenal and for English football.'
The reasonable price for tickets was another reason fans gave to explain the full house.
Lois Langton 36, travelled all the way from London with her mother Christine Langton, 65, and their friend Jill Smith, 63, part of '10 to 12 hardcore travellers' who followed Arsenal to Asia.
'I think our red strip helps a bit in this part of the world,' said Lois. 'But seriously, I think there's a real level of passion out here for the club and I think you're seeing that today.'
The price, in Hong Kong dollars, of the most expensive ticket for yesterday's match between Arsenal and Kitchee