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Arsenal’s arch nemesis Diego Costa inflicted yet more pain on the club as it was his goal that saw the Gunners crash out of the Europa League.  

The former Chelsea man’s strike just before half-time helped Atletico Madrid secure a 1-0 win at home to Arsene Wenger’s men, ensuring a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

The Gunners can consider themselves unlucky to have lost their semi-final tie against Atletico as they controlled the first leg at the Emirates and gave their opponents plenty to think about at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Things went disastrously wrong in the game’s early stages when Laurent Koscielny pulled up with what has turned out to be a torn Achilles.

However, Arsenal took the game to the LaLiga outfit and Alexandre Lacazette could have tested Jan Oblak had it not been for his heavy touch.

And Atletico made the Premier League side pay for their lack of composure when Costa latched onto Antoine Griezmann’s pinpoint ball before shaking off Hector Bellerin to put the ball beyond David Ospina’s reach.

The game opened up after the break but Arsenal were unable to carve out a meaningful chance against the stout Atletico defence.

The closest they came was through substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort which brushed the roof of the net. 

Defeat sees Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal come to a sorry end as all hopes of Champions League football for next season were extinguished by old foe Costa.

STAR MAN

Arsenal acquitted themselves very well in the game, however, they failed to really test Oblak to the same level as they did in the first leg draw at home to Atletico.

Therefore, the star man has to be the match winner Costa, who did not give the Gunners defence any time to rest like he always does. 

The striker took his goal very well, shaking off Hector Bellerin brilliantly before calmly slotting the ball over Ospina. 

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The goal was the best moment of the match in a game of limited quality. 

It seemingly came from nowhere but Griemann found space and suppplied a brilliant ball to his strike parnter and Costa did the rest to send his side through to the final in Lyon. 

Chelsea and Tottenham fans celebrate Diego Costa’s winning goal against Arsenal

WHAT THE MANAGERS ARE SAYING

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger felt his side were unlucky to be knocked out by the LaLiga side. 

He said: “The dangerous situations were there but in the two boxes we missed something. We feel over the two games it was enough to go through.

“We were 1-0 up at home and conceded a stupid goal, and tonight, with one minute to go to half-time, we conceded on the counter-attack. These are vital moments in a game of that stature.

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

“It’s very sad, I’m very sad tonight. Unfortunately you have to go through that. The game can be very cruel. The suffering is very strong tonight.”

WHAT THE FANS ARE SAYING

LINE-UPS

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Partey (Savic 90), Gimenez, Godin, Lucas, Saul, Gabi, Vitolo (Correa 74), Koke, Costa (Torres 82), Griezmann

Subs not used: Werner, Filipe Luis, Olabe, Gameiro 

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, (Chambers 12) Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Wilshere (Mkhitaryan 68), Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

Subs not used: Cech, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Nketiah

 


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