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For Sale: Thousands of nearly new Arsenal flags

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Don’t be surprised if you see this message on eBay in the next few days: “FOR SALE: 57,000 red and white flags as good as new — only waved for eight minutes. Apply Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium, North London.”

For Arsenal’s fans not only stopped waving their freebie flags after eight minutes, but they also stopped believing in their side after an hour as thousands of them trooped away from the stadium no longer able to watch as Manchester United demolished their young team.

It ended 3-1 as United reached the Champions League final for the second successive season 4-1 aggregate.

What was fascinating about Tuesday was what was going on off the pitch as well as what happened on it.

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