Outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, will not bow out with a European final, has he washed his side crash out of Europe last night losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in their semi final second leg.
With the score locked at 1-1 from the first semi final leg, a goal from former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who missed last weeks game was enough to see the La Liga side through to the final, as Arsenal’s dreams ended with a fizz.
Costa who was often a thorn in Arsenal’s side whilst playing for Chelsea, continued to be with another feisty performance as clashed more than once with arsenal players. However, it was his combination with French Man Antoine Griezmann that caused the damage as the pair constantly pressured the Gunners defence from start to finish.
Costa should have opened the scoring mid way through the first half, beating a poor Nacho Monreal attempted tackle before lunching the ball over the crossbar, but his didn’t make the same mistake twice and when Griezmann slotted an excellent pass through the Arsenal defence Costa bounced to chip the ball into the net on the stroke of half time.
Despite the sucker blow, Arsenal came out strong and had possibly their best chance of the night only minutes after the restart, Aaron Ramsey finding himself clean through on goal only for his first touch to let him down, just like other opportunities to Alexandre Lacazette, Monreal and Ramsey again. Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka had his effort blocked by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort just brushed the wrong side of the crossbar.
For Arsenal the result means yet another year without Champions league football, while for Atletico who have twice won this title will look forward to their Third Europa league final in Eight years when they face Marseille in Lyon on May 16th.