Minnesota Vikings’ Adam Thielen bought an Arsenal shirt after watching the Gunners beat Swansea 2-1 at the Emirates.
The NFL held another game in London over the weekend, with the Minnesota Vikings taking on the Cleveland Browns. Before the game, Thielen visited the Emirates, and came away with a personalised away kit:
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After the game Thielen put his Arsenal shirt back on to speak to the press, and told ESPN that he found an interest in football through playing FIFA, which inspired his touchdown knee-slide celebration.
He explained: “I always played FIFA and stuff like that growing up and seeing those guys celebrate, I kind of got inspiration [for the slide] from that.”
In American Football, I’ve always got the impression that celebrations are more choreographed, with dances and handshakes.
In England, you more likely to see a player run wildly around the pitch waving their arms in the air before being mobbed by teammates.
Thanks to the likes of Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli, we now have to endure dabs and handshakes here too. There’s nothing wrong with a pre-planned celebration if it has a bit of originality or uniqueness, for example Lacazette’s trademark trumpet.
I just don’t think dabbing and secret handshakes fit that category. But that’s just me.
Nonetheless, it’s nice to see Arsenal have gained another fan in Thielen, and I hope he managed to enjoy the match, or the second half of it at least.