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England's Arsenal Played So Badly It's Giving Away Tickets

Imagine the Red Sox losing by a score of 20-4 or so at Yankee Stadium. (Don't get excited, everyone, this is just a hypothetical.)

Then imagine the Red Sox management apologizing to the club's fans and offering to give any of them who were there tickets to another away game as a way of showing how sorry the team is.

That's basically what one of England's top soccer teams has done.

Arsenal got crushed Sunday by Manchester United, 8-2, in a Premier League matchup between the two marquee teams.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny pretty much sums up the Gunners' mood after the loss. i i

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny pretty much sums up the Gunners' mood after the loss. Alex Livesey/Getty Images hide caption

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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny pretty much sums up the Gunners' mood after the loss.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny pretty much sums up the Gunners' mood after the loss.

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Today, Arsenal issued this statement:

"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."

In addition, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger apologized for the loss and said the fans who traveled about 400 miles round-trip from London to see the game in Manchester "do not want to see their team like that. We can only apologize and come back in our strength and desire in the next game."

The Guardian says about 3,000 fans will be hearing from the club about the free tickets.

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