A die-hard Arsenal supporter from Bangalore has been crowned India’s most fanatical and dedicated Barclays Premier League fan.

Aby Baby Kuruvilla won a VIP trip to the UK to watch Arsenal face Liverpool on Wednesday and he clearly knows his stuff – he tipped Arsène Wenger’s side to win 1-0 and get their title challenge back on track.

We caught up with the 24-year-old ahead of the game...

Aby, welcome to Arsenal. Tell us about yourself.

I am from Kerala, I am doing a software job in Bangalore and this is my first trip out of my country and it is very, very cold! I can feel it and I need to get some gloves!

How did you become the Barclays Fan Of India?

I saw about the Barclays Fan Of India contest on a website and then I submitted my entry which had text and photos and a video entry. I was singing Arsenal songs in the video.

Why is Arsenal your team?

They play beautiful football, really attractive football. They are a great team from London. People in India like Arsenal because they play a good, passing game and are very difficult to stop. My favourite players are Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas.

What have you done on your first visit to London?

I went to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds and then I came to the game. Yesterday I came to Emirates Stadium and was given a tour. I sat in Arsène Wenger's seat and had a look around. It is a very beautiful stadium. It is a privilege to be here. My family and friends are happy for me and they are all watching me at the game tonight.

How do you usually follow the games in India?

I normally watch the games with my friends from my home town and I also follow the games on Arsenal TV Online.

And how do you expect tonight’s game to go?

It has been disappointing recently but they can come back strongly against Liverpool. I think it will be 1-0, I am confident of that.

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12 Feb 2010