EUROPA LEAGUE: ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 ARSENAL

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa scores the only goal of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain

EUROPA LEAGUE: ATLETICO MADRID DEFEAT ARSENAL - Atletico 1-0 Arsenal (agg: 2-1) (Costa 45+2)

Diego Costa strike ends Arsenal’s bid for European glory

“I’m very positive, I believe in the team and I have a certainty that we will give everything we have in the tank tonight. We will take responsibility to build the game. We have to take the game to them and we know they will try to hit us on the break. But the only way to score is to play with the handbrake off,” said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger before the match.

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However, Arsenal was eliminated in the Europa League semis by Atletico Madrid. The Gunners Champions League hopes are gone along with any hope for Arsenal of finishing in the top four of the England Premier League Table. It will be a tough end to Arsene Wenger's tenure at the Emirates as he retires at the end of the season.

Giant Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid is through to the Europa League final, and Arsenal's hopes of winning the Europa League Cup in order to secure a Champions League spot next season have vanished. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Emirates a week ago, it was a Diego Costa goal late in the first half that sent the Spanish team through with a 1-0 victory. Atletico will battle Marseille in the final after the French club scored an extra-time goal at Red Bull Salzburg to go through 3-2 on aggregate. In a match that saw both teams with plenty of opportunities to score, Costa took his great chance off a fine ball from Antoine Griezmann just before the break. The victory was deserved by Diego Simeone's side, as the manager watched the match from the stands due to suspension. But for Arsenal, it's a defeat that really hurts, ending their goal of qualifying for the Champions League next season. It will be a new era at Arsenal next season with Arsene Wenger stepping down, and the team is currently on track to qualify for next season's Europa League while looking for their new manager.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal were dumped out of the Europa League by Chelsea star Diego Costa who scored the only goal of the match just before half-time following a mix up in the Arsenal defense. The Gunners rallied in the second half but couldn’t find an elusive equaliser. Speaking after the game, Wenger who is leaving Arsenal after 22 years talked about the loss and his feelings.

"It was a similar game to what we had in the first leg,” said Wenger. “The dangerous situations we created were there but we missed something in both boxes. We played a good team and good luck to them in the final but we feel we did enough to go through. We didn’t manage the important moments of either game well. We were 1-0 up with ten minutes to go at home, and then we conceded a stupid goal. Tonight we looked OK and then conceded on the counter-attack. The suffering is tough tonight. Atletico played with fear in the first half that if we score they could be out, but once they scored they played with a cushion. We lost possession and Diego Costa is one of the best strikers in the world. It is very very sad but unfortunately, you have to go through this in our game. It can be very cruel but sometimes it is nice. The suffering is tough tonight."

After hosting Burnley on Sunday, Wenger’s men face Leicester next Wednesday before an away game at Huddersfield to finish their season.

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa

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Atletico Madrid's Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid's French defender Lucas Hernandez, Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez, Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis, Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas, Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Fernando Torres, (L-R) Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Augusto Fernandez, Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Koke and Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira-Carrasc

Europa League Semifinals Squads for Atletico Madrid v Arsenal

Atletico: Oblak; Partey, Gimenez, Godin, Lucas; Vitolo, Saul, Gabi, Koke; Costa, Griezmann. Subs: Werner, Filipe Luis, Savic, Olabe, Torres, Correa, Gameiro

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere; Welbeck, Ozil; Lacazette Subs: Cech, Iwobi, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nketiah, Mkhitaryan

Referee: G Rocchi (Italy)

“I came out of the first game with huge frustration and also with belief that we created so many chances that we have a good opportunity to go away and do the same again. We can score against any team in the world if we play well, “ said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the game.

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid side celebrates victory against Arsenal in Europa League semifinal

   

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Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa