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Arsenal's Van Persie visits Maradona

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie's family vacation to Dubai included a surprise visit with Diego Maradona during a training session at his Al Wasl club.

A statement from the Dubai-based team said van Persie and his family unexpectedly dropped in on the Argentine football legend late Saturday.

Maradona took up the Al Wasl coaching post last year.

Van Persie was quoted as saying that he could not pass up the chance to meet one of his boyhood idols. Al Wasl said Maradona posed for photos with van Persie and his family and then joined the Arsenal striker in juggling balls in front of fans at the training ground.

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