Atletico Madrid 1-0 Arsenal (Agg: 2-1): 5 Talking Points

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Arsenal (Agg: 2-1): 5 Talking Points

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Arsenal (Agg: 2-1): 5 Talking Points

We feel over the two games it was enough to go through.

Antoine Griezmann's late goal as Atletico trailed 1-0 in London last week completely changed the complexion of the semi-final tie.

Arsene Wenger has reacted to Arsenal's painful exits from Europa League from the hands of Atletico Madrid after denying him the chance to win a European title with the Gunners.

"Diego Costa is Diego Costa, and that's why he is one of the best strikers in the world".

The second-leg result also means Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season. "I'm frustrated as well because when you go out of the competition like we did, it's very hard to take".

"I'm very disappointed", Wenger said.

"It was very important to get there because Atletico are a great club and need to play in finals".

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.

Marseille needed an extra-time goal from Rolando to beat Red Bull Salzburg and make their first Europa League final since 1999.

Atletico will be playing their fourth European final under Simeone. Atletico Madrid, the consummate professionals which they are, did not stick in the knife and twist it, but instead put in a solid performance - the kind which Wenger's teams could never pull off in recent seasons.

Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscielny with an apparent ankle injury less than 10 minutes into the match, putting in doubt his World Cup participation with France next month. He isn't giving everything and there is a lot more under the bonnet."We expect better from him".

In truth, however, Arsenal's final pass was all too often lacking, and in the end they were unable to breach the home side's resolute defence.

Granit Xhaka's 20-yard shot early was the only save for Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak over the 90 minutes, while Griezmann, Costa again and Koke all came close to adding another for the home side.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed after the game that he was fearing the worst for Koscielny with the World Cup on the horizon.

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