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Arsenal to offer fans free tickets in response to 8-2 defeat by Man U

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On 08/29/2011 02:02 PM in Soccer
Arsenal to offer fans free ticket
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Arsenal are to offer their fans who attended the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United the cost of a match ticket at a future Premier League away game, the north London club announced.
Arsenal fans showed their support for Arsene Wenger but their patience was wearing thin by the end of the game (PA Photos)

Around 3,000 fans are thought to have made the 400-mile round trip to Manchesteron Sunday, only to see their team humiliated by the Red Devils.

Manager Arsene Wenger and his inexperienced team were widely criticised for their showing on the pitch, but the travelling support gained widespread praise for backing their team throughout.

The north London club confirmed that they would be offering to compensate the supporters who made the trip by paying for a ticket for another away game.

''Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be writing to fans who travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday with an offer to cover the cost of a match ticket at a future Barclays Premier League away game,'' a club statement read.

''Sunday's result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the club. Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognise their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the details.''
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08/29/2011 02:05 PM
Similar article from BBC

Arsenal offer free tickets to fans after Man Utd thrashing

Page last updated at 14:15 GMT, Monday, 29 August 2011 15:15 UK
Arsenal have only taken one point from three games this season

Arsenal are offering to compensate fans who travelled to Sunday's 8-2 thrashing by Manchester United with a free ticket to a future away match.

The Gunners conceded eight goals for the first time since 1896 in the embarrassing reverse at Old Trafford.

A club statement said: "Sunday's result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the club.

"Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognise their fantastic support."

The club will be writing to fans with more details of the offer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he felt humilated by the crushing defeat, which left the Gunners with just one point from their opening three games of the Premier League season.
Phil McNulty,
Chief football writer

For Wenger it was a performance, or lack of one, that proved the folly of his summer of transfer inaction

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Beset by injuries, suspensions and the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Wenger is under pressure to sign reinforcements before the transfer window shuts at 2300 BST on Wednesday.

The move to compensate fans follows a similar act by Wigan, whose players clubbed together to refund the costs of every away fan who travelled to Tottenham to see their team hammered 9-1 at White Hart Lane two years ago.

German side Energie Cottbus refunded 600 fans the cost of a trip to Schalke after seeing their team lose 4-0 in what the club described as a "pitiful performance".
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