Atletico Madrid needed Diego Costa's 'rage' - Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid needed Diego Costa's 'rage' - Diego Simeone

Manager Arsene Wenger will not be given a last chance to lift silverware with Arsenal after they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final.

Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal defender was wheeled on a stretcher after he reportedly sustained Achilles tendon injury and they struggled to keep up with Costa's vibrancy and the flair of his attacking partner Griezmann.

Costa, the scourge of Arsenal several times during his three seasons with Chelsea, picked up a flawless pass by Antoine Griezmann and strode into the area before fending off a defender and lifting the ball over goalkeeper David Ospina.

Aaron Ramsey missed a second-half sitter and Granit Xhaka pulled a diving save out of Jan Oblak before Griezmann's close-range effort was blocked.

Arsene Wenger was left devastated by Arsenal's Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday but made a staunch defence of midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Simeone's side will meet Olympique de Marseille in the final in Lyon on May 16. 'Even very frustrated, as well, because when you go out of a competition and you had the performances in 180 minutes that we had, it very hard to take. "Unfortunately you have to go through that - the game can be very cruel, sometimes very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight".




It was perhaps also telling that Costa's physicality and Atletico's defensive rigour ultimately proved decisive, two qualities Wenger's Arsenal in recent years have so lacked.

He said: "The risky situations were there but in the two boxes we missed something".

The Ligue 1 team led 2-0 from the first leg in France but were pegged back by the hosts.

"I am like the team; very sad and very disappointed, even very frustrated, as well, because when you go out of a competition and you had the performances in the 180 minutes that we had, it is very hard to take".

"They are a clever side that defends very well. Stopping to think all we are doing is not good, we need to look at Espanyol, our game on Sunday, and stay second in La Liga, which is very important for us".

There were smiles when one reporter asked if the best thing about this year's final was that his team would not have to face their 2014 and 2016 UCL conquerors Real Madrid.

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