Atletico Madrid have qualified for the final of the Europa League after they defeated Arsenal 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday.
Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s breakaway goal, three minutes into stoppage time of the first half, secured a 2-1 aggregate semifinal victory for Atletico to book a place in the Europa League final in Lyon on May 16.
The first-half loss of captain Laurent Koscielny to a torn Achilles was a huge early blow for Arsenal, but their downfall was ultimately caused by the failings that have dogged the final years of Wenger’s reign.
Manager Arsene Wenger will not be given a last chance to lift silverware with Arsenal after this defeat.
ARSENE WENGER –
It can be very cruel, I am very sad tonight. We didn’t manage the important moments of either game well. 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. There are some good ingredients in our team. They will bounce back.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 3, 2018