Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Atlético take final slot as Arsenal miss their cue

Atlético take final slot as Arsenal miss their cue

That game was so much like Arsenal's season, but of course they can still go there and do it.

Diego Costa's goal in injury time of the first half assured that Arsenal fail to reach the final and that Arsene Wenger's 22 years in charge will end in Huddersfield. They will bounce back."Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin said the result was "hard to take" because they "played with our heart"."It was not meant to be", said the Spaniard".

"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".

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.

"I'm like the team, very sad and very disappointed", Wenger said. "Costa is exactly the sort of personality that is missing from the Arsenal dressing room: someone with a winning mentality", Lampard said in the English press. Wenger announced two weeks ago he was standing down as Arsenal coach after almost 22 years at the helm. A man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere. "At the minute I think I would like to finish well my job".

"I don't know how many illnesses he's had this season - but the fella is not kidding me! That is an advantage sometimes".

Diego Simeone's team is already certain of a Champions League place next season because it is second in the Spanish League. When it had a chance to move closer, it lost to the Catalan club to see its title hopes all but evaporate.

"It's not easy to do what we're doing", Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez said. "The goal is always to go as far as possible in the competitions in which we are playing".

Atletico did incredibly well to come away with an away goal from the first leg at the Emirates, despite being down to ten men for the majority of the game.

"It was a hard game, physically very intense and I'm convinced Ozil should not be now vindicated by anybody because we didn't score. If I need him, he will be there".

The club's website crashed in the moments after Wenger announced he would be leaving as fans raced to be at the historic match.

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