Arsene Wenger mourns sad European farewell: 'Suffering very strong tonight'

Diego Simeone

Wenger had professed ahead of the Europa League sem-final against Atletico Madrid that he "would like to finish this love affair well", preferably with the elusive European trophy that he had never managed to get his hands on during his 22 years at the north London club. "There is a loyalty here that is very hard to find".

"The side responded so well last week, they suffered, Oblak had a great game but that's what you need on these big occasions. Sometimes it's very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight".

"It looks like an Achilles rupture", Wenger said. "But we are in an important stretch of the competition where important players like Filipe have done wonders. The risky situations we created were there but we missed something in both boxes", he said.

"The tie should have been over in the first game". They (Atletico) are a team that defends well.

Asked about Koscielny's chances of recovering in time for the World Cup, Wenger said: "That depends on the scan".

"We are delighted to be in the final, we've wanted to be back in a final ever since the last one", Simeone added.

"I think Gabi (Atletico captain) is happy to stay on the pitch". The victor of tonight's game is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Diego Costa who terrorized for Arsenal when he played for Chelsea and the Spain striker broke the deadlock in a tight, tense game at the Wanda Metropolitano, striking in first-half stoppage-time after being played in by Antoine Griezmann.

I would say the team who won tonight is Atletico Madrid, congratulations to them, good luck in the final.

He added: "When you go out of the competition it is very hard to take".

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette posed a constant threat in the first 45 minutes and defender Hector Bellerin created danger with forays down the right side but without producing any change on the scoreboard.

It looks as if Atletico will start with Thomas Partey and Vitolo as wing-backs against Arsenal with Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin and Lucas as a central defensive trio ahead of Koke, Saul and Gabi in midfield with Griezmann and Costa leading the line.

They are also looking for a new first-choice goalkeeper with Petr Cech's mistakes costing him his position to error-prone David Ospina.

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