Europa League: Wenger slammed for Arsenal's 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid

Posted May 04, 2018

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed "aggressive" striker Diego Costa after the Spain worldwide fired his side to a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday, taking them into the Europa League final with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

The contest was played in an electric atmosphere at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium here on Thursday night where almost 65,000 fans responded to the call by suspended Atletico coach Diego Simeone the day before to serve as a true 12th man and will the home side to victory, reports EFE news agency. "I am like the team, very sad and very disappointed".

"When you go out of the competition it is very hard to take".

"It's very sad, very, very, very sad", said Wenger. Well it's very sad. Unfortunately, you have to go through that - the game can be very cruel.

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Defeat for Arsenal means Wenger will leave at the end of the season with no silverware and with the club likely to finish sixth - the lowest position since the Frenchman arrived over 21 years ago. "We didn't manage the important moments of the games well. The unsafe situations we created were there but we missed something in both boxes", he said.

"I did that for 20 years", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Wednesday.

The game's solitary goal came in the stoppage time of the first half courtesy Arsenal's notorious nemesis Costa.

"He's been out for two months so obviously he isn't quite ready to play 90 minutes", Simeone said. They (Atletico) are a team that defends well.

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Atletico's sturdy defense won Wenger's praise but the French tactician rued the chances Arsenal missed against a 10-man opposition in the first leg.

"I think Gabi (Atletico captain) is happy to stay on the pitch".

The striker took his goal very well, shaking off Hector Bellerin brilliantly before calmly slotting the ball over Ospina.

Ozil's performance was heavily criticised by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who said the German had cried "crocodile tears" after the game, and was "not fit to wear the shirt".

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It looks as if Atletico will start with Thomas Partey and Vitolo as wing-backs against Arsenal with Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin and Lucas as a central defensive trio ahead of Koke, Saul and Gabi in midfield with Griezmann and Costa leading the line.