Arsene Wenger disappointed not to end Arsenal career with Europa League success

04 May, 2018, 07:21 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Laurent Koscielny

The Arsenal defender went down off the ball early on in Thursday's 1-0 semi-final second-leg defeat, evidently in agony as he punched the floor.

But Costa, so often a thorn in the side of Arsenal during his time at Chelsea, tucked away a chance on the stroke of half-time to seal a 1-0 win and safe passage to the final.

In the build-up to the semi-final showdown Wenger had spoke of his "dream" to win the Europa League so that he could end his career as Arsenal manager on a high. I'm very sad tonight.

"I'm very frustrated as well".

Wenger, in his 250th UEFA game as a club coach, announced two weeks ago he was standing down after almost 22 years with the London team. "It is very hard to take but there are some good ingredients in our team and they will bounce back". "I believe we were a bit unlucky a few times".

Despite obviously being gutted by the result and the fact that he had just resigned Arsene Wenger to a ignominious farewell, Hector Bellerin still found time to replace his fabulous earring in time to face the press... I bet he doesn't play again this season. He isn't giving everything and there is a lot more under the bonnet. I'm very sad tonight'.

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The Frenchman offered a vehement defence of Mesut Ozil after former Arsenal defender Martin Keown lambasted the German's performance while working for BT Sport.

Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscielny with a suspected Achilles injury less than 10 minutes into the match, putting in doubt his World Cup participation with France next month.

The scars of losing Champions League finals against Real in 2014 and 2016 are still raw for Atleti, so if any club deserves a night in the spotlight, it is Simeone's team.

"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".

"We knew that it was going to be like playing with one more at home", he said.

"The side responded so well last week, they suffered, [goalkeeper Jan] Oblak had a great game - but that's what happens on these big nights, big players stand up to be counted and the team were up there with him at that level".


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