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Arsenal reeling from Manchester United 8-2 blowout; club will pay fans for future match tickets

(Watch all 10 goals from Sunday’s blowout here.)

If you’re an investor, now might be the time buy low on Arsenal.

The scoreboard says it all for Arsenal supporters. (ANDREW YATES/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

In the wake of a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday — highlighted (or low-lit, depending on your affiliation) being Wayne Rooney’s hat trick — it’s clear all is not well in north London. Now the fire is burning under manager Arsene Wenger’s seat and his detractors will only get louder until Arsenal turns things around.

The beating was so bad, on Monday, the club issued a statement on its Web site thanking its “fantastic” fans — especially those who traveled to Old Trafford to watch Sunday’s disaster — for their support.

“Sunday's result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the Club. Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognize their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the details."

Apparently that recognition means paying the cost of an away ticket for a future Barclays Premier League match for the roughly 3,000 Arsenal fans who were no-doubt the objects of quite a bit of heckling Sunday.

It’s an awfully genuine gesture after an awfully awful performance. But if you took a poll of Gunners fans today, odds are most would rather see that money go into buying new players rather paying for a trip to Swansea City.

“Of course it hurts, it’s humiliating, but you could see that we had not recovered physically in the second half from Wednesday night,” Wenger said of Sunday’s defeat. We were short in some areas, that is for sure. They have class and they punished us.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is searching for answers. (Jon Super/AP)

It’s still early, but through three matches Arsenal is 0-1-2 and stuck at the bottom of the Premier League standings — No. 17 of 20 teams and one spot out of relegation territory.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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