There's embarrassment, there's humiliation, and then somewhere far beyond either of those things there's whatever you want to call what Arsenal suffered against Manchester United Sunday. What had been one of the Premier League's most hotly contested rivalries in recent years devolved into a shocking mismatch as the Gunners conceded eight goals in a single league game for the first time in 115 years. (That's right: 115 years.)
But at least the club is doing what it can to help ease the pain of the unfortunate supporters who made the trip up from North London only to watch their team sink to its lowest point in years--they're offering them a refund.
As the club has posted on its website:
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.How much a refund would actually help after a result like Sunday's, we're not sure, particularly since the issues afflicting the Gunners -- a plague of injuries, the sale of several star players without the purchase of replacements, a lack of anything resembling defensive grit in the backline -- have already been simmering all summer, without any solutions yet in sight. But at least the club is trying, which is more than we can say for some American franchises we know.
A Club statement issued today 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. We will be writing to them shortly with the details."
For video of the Red Devils' eight-goal splurge -- and we do most definitely recommend checking out Ashley Young's precision strike to put United up 2-0 -- click below: