Date: 3rd May 2018 at 10:47pm
Written by:
Atletico Madrid
1 – 0
Arsenal

Wanda Metropolitano

Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg

3/05/2018 8:05 pm

Referee: G Rocchi

Atletico Madrid Arsenal
Costa (45+2)
Oblak Ospina
Thomas 93 Bellerin
Gimenez Mustafi
 
Godin Koscielny 12
Hernandez Monreal
 
Koke Xhaka
Gabi
 
Ramsey
Niguez
 
Wilshere
 
68
Perez 74 Welbeck
Costa
 
83 Lacazette
Griezmann Ozil

Substitutes

Luis Iwobi
Torres 83 Chambers 12
Correa 74 Maitland-Niles
Savic 93 Kolasinac
Gameiro Cech
Werner Nketiah
Olabe del Arco Mkhitaryan 68

Game Statistics

10 Goal attempts 5
5 On Target 1
6 Corners 4
13 Fouls 12
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
45 % 55

Arsene Wenger’s hopes of closing out his 22-year association with Arsenal with a flourish crashed to what many predicted would be a damp squib of an ending.

There is no silver-lining for the Frenchman, no swansong, no glory and no final trophy following a 2-1 aggregate loss to Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Europa League Semi-Final second-leg.

Arsene and Arsenal’s shot at the Final and potential Champions League involvement came to an end when we blew the opportunity of the first-leg. Having had such a perceived advantage but failing to take it, the second affair was always going to be more difficult and unfortunately, former Chelsea player, Diego Costa’s, first-half stoppage-time effort was enough to separate the sides at the full-time whistle.

We did have chances in the game and opportunities in the second period but ultimately we miss out on Champions League football for a second successive season and the European box for Wenger remains empty during his time at the club.

Not the way Wenger supporters wanted this to end, and no doubt not the way the Anti-Wenger fans would’ve hoped for either but sadly it is what it is.

An Achilles injury for Laurent Koscielny just makes a bad night even worse.