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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

Beaten Arsenal to compensate fans


London — Humiliated after Arsenal conceded the most goals in a game since the 19th century, the club offered to appease fans with free tickets.

The 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United on Sunday left Arsenal with just a solitary point after three matches of the Premier League season and plunged manager Arsene Wenger into the deepest crisis of his 15-year reign.

Such was the sense of contrition at Arsenal on Monday that around 3,000 fans who traveled to Old Trafford were told they would be offered the compensation of having a future away match ticket paid for.

"Sunday's result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the club," Arsenal said in a statement. "Our traveling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognize their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the (ticket) details."

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