Athletico 1-Arsenal 0:Misery for Gunners as Athletico Progress to final on 2-1 Agg
*shaking my head* Well in this country we usually say Man proposes God disposes. Last night ARSENAL failed in their Bid to make it to the Europa League Final in Lyon after Losing to ATHLETICO MADRID at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Its tough to say how i feel at this point because Football is a game that is based on fine lines. A lot of the game sometimes desends to “only if’s” & ” what if’s, “. Only if we had scored more goals in the first Leg in London, what if Koscielny had just cleared the ball first time in London instead of dilly dallying. “only if that ball was crossed better etc” Hind sight is a beautiful thing but in Football all it does is just makes the final result more difficult to get over.
So we knew what we had to do, we must have had a game plan. Why didn’t it work for us then? The simple reason is Athletico met an ARSENAL side not Firing at Full cylinders. A lot of the Key players whom as an Arsenal Fan you’d expect to have big games were all missing in Action. Welbeck, Ramsey, Monreal,Lacazette and the worst Culprit Ozil all had forgettable nights. And that was just desperately damaging for the gunners.
I was watching and i didn’t see very much to give me any hope that we would progress, Athletico are a solid defensive unit and they don’t panic. While we are a ponderous, slow, non counter attacking side with no clear cut idea how to get a final ball through. Very frustrating.
Our hopes of winning one last trophy under Arsene Wenger ended at the hands of Diego Costa and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
Costa scored the only goal late in the first half ( a terrible time to concede too) to give Atletico a 1-0 second-leg victory over Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals, advancing 2-1 on aggregate to its fifth European final in nine seasons.
Costa scores on the night to make it 1-0
The result also meant Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.
“I’m very disappointed,” Wenger said. “I’m frustrated as well because when you go out of the competition like we did, it’s very difficult to take. I’m very, very sad to leave the club with this exit.”
Wenger, in his 250th UEFA game as a club coach, announced two weeks ago he was standing down after nearly 22 years with the London team.
Atletico will meet Marseille in the final in Lyon on May 16 after the French team lost 2-1 to Salzburg following extra-time in Austria but went through 3-2 on aggregate.
Simeone’s Atletico is already certain of a Champions League place next season because it is second in the Spanish League.
Atletico was demoted to the Europa League after failing to get past the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.
“It was important to make it to the final,” Costa said. “Atletico needed it, we are a great team.”
Atletico will be playing its fourth European final under Simeone. It lost twice to city rival Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2014 and 2016 but won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012, the last time soon after Simeone had taken over.
“It’s not easy to do what we’re doing,” Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez said. “We want to add the cherry on the cake at the end of the season.”
Arsenal is sixth in the Premier League and needed to win the Europa League to qualify for Europe’s leading club competition.
“We wanted to do it for the boss, he’s had an amazing career,” Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin said. “We wanted to try our best to finish at the top and that adds a little bit more disappointment for us.”
Costa, the scourge of Arsenal several times during his three seasons with Chelsea, picked up a perfect pass by Antoine Griezmann and strode into the area before fending off the dozy Bellerin and lifting the ball over goalkeeper David Ospina.
Arsenal tried to rally but struggled to break through Atletico’s stout defense, creating few scoring opportunities.
The hosts continued to threaten with Costa and Griezmann up front and had a few good chances to make it 2-0.
Both teams started cautiously at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, with Arsenal trying to control possession and Atletico playing typically tight at the back.
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 and his dissapointment was clear to see
“It looks like an Achilles rupture,” Wenger said. “But we have to be cautious. We will know more after a scan.”
It was Atletico’s 32nd game with a clean sheet in all competitions this season, the most of any team in the top five European leagues.
Atletico didn’t have Simeone on the bench on Thursday because he was sent off in the first leg.
“History is made in these kind of games,” said Simeone, who watched from the stands. “Tonight I felt the atmosphere in this stadium like a fan. They were with us every step of the way, they knew the side needed them.”
Very sad for the gunners, but we march on im glad Wenger;s tenure is over. We need to clear the Rot in the squad and get this club to a much better place.