To get to know Singapore better, five Arsenal footballers had a taste of the infamous durian.

In a video uploaded by Arsenal yesterday, Wojciech Szczesny, Mathieu Debuchy, Serge Gnabry, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Flamini were invited to smell and taste the fruit by the vice-president of Arsenal supporters club in Singapore Tiong Jin Yan.

The north London club will be heading to our shores this July for the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament, which is a glorified name for a pre-season tour. Joining Arsenal are their English Premier League counterparts Everton and Stoke City.

And since Arsenal’s only hope of a trophy is the FA Cup, here are some Mothership.sg’s awards to occupy their trophy cabinet.

1. Most PR award – Kieran Gibbs

Even though the defender gave this face.

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He still gave the thumbs up despite saying: “It just doesn’t smell like a fruit.”

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2. Most polite award – Mathieu Flamini

Despite being a tough midfield tackler, Flamini is actually the most polite. He smelled the durian and said: “Thank you. It was an honour for us.”

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3. Most daring award – Mathieu Debuchy

The defender actually said: “I want to try it.” Because French.

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4. Most quote-worthy award – Wojciech Szczesny

The goalkeeper gave the most wisecracks.

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“Is that not poison?”

“No. I can’t even smell this.”

“Guys you must know. When I walked into the room, I was like: ‘What is this. I thought it was Mathieu (Debuchy) but apparently not. It’s this.'”

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Sorry, Serge. No awards for you. You gotta earn your stripes.

Coincidentally (or not), all five footballers are benchwarmers. Probably just Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger protecting his stars from unnecessary diarrhoea so that they are fit to face Manchester United this Sunday.

The biggest question for Singaporeans, however, is whether we will see the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil playing in the Sports Hub.

Or will they just be eating durian?

 

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