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Arsene Wenger sad as Atletico ruin his Arsenal farewell

04 May, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Diego Costa- Diego Costa poised to return against Arsenal in Europa League semi-final second leg in Madrid

Costa scored the only goal late in the first half to give Atletico a 1-0 second-leg victory over Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals, advancing 2-1 on aggregate to its fifth European final in nine seasons.

Koscielny, 32, would have expected to be in France's squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation, but is now a major doubt and should Wenger's prediction prove correct, the defender could even miss the start of next season.

The Gunners are yet to settle on a replacement for Arsene Wenger, but that has not stopped them planning for next season as head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is working on the signings in the summer. The striker latched on to Antoine Griezmann's sweeping pass and, all too easily, ignoring the flimsy attentions of Hector Bellerin, drove into the box before powerfully smashing the ball past David Ospina.

Wenger's side were blunt in attack against a typically determined and resilient Atletico defence and they only had one shot on target, a distance strike from Granit Xhaka which was not enough to beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Given that Atletico have conceded just four league goals at home all season, that highlights the difficulty of Arsenal's task.

Arsenal's hopes of winning one last trophy under Arsene Wenger ended at the hands of Diego Costa and Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Thursday (Friday, Manila time). "They broke a few counter-attacks and the referee took a while to give them a yellow card in situations where we could be very risky", Wenger added.


"We had plenty of opportunities in the two games and we lose as a team. The suffering is very strong tonight".

Atletico will now face Marseille in Lyon in a fortnight's time as they seek their third Europa League triumph in eight years. "I'm frustrated as well because when you go out of the competition like we did, it's very hard to take".

The match was Wenger 250th European match as a manager but Diego Costa struck at the stroke of half time to help Atletico go through.

"It was a hard game, physically very intense and I'm convinced Ozil should not be now vindicated by anybody because we didn't score".

Elsewhere there should be few changes to the side who dominated at the Emirates a week ago, but failed to take their chances.

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