Arsenal vs. Manchester United: How the Gunners Have Progressed Since Their Match

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United: How the Gunners Have Progressed Since Their Match
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August 28th, 2011 is a day that most Arsenal fans are wanting to forget but most likely to remember. 

As I sit here on Thanksgiving Day, almost three months to the day since that dreadful defeat, Fox Soccer Channel has done me the favor of replaying this match for their "Feast of Goals" promotion they have going on for today. 

I sit here, absolutely dumbfounded as to how this match came to be. In truth, I'll take that back. I know how they got here. A recovering side, who lost its captain, one of its key defenders and one of its midfield maestros, facing injury troubles that had exposed the side down to its core, deep into its third- and fourth-string players. 

It is shocking to think that this side even walked out onto the field that fateful day. Of course they had to. Fans of both sides would have been shocked if they hadn't followed through with the match, not to mention the legal repercussions with the league. 

Moving on from that though, this side I am watching fall apart before my eyes is no longer the same Arsenal side that I watched put away Borussia Dortmund this past Wednesday, in the Champions League. 

The side I get to watch week in and week out now is one growing back into the Arsenal name and becoming true Gunners. 

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