Atletico Madrid spoils Wenger's Europa League dream, beats Arsenal 1-0

Posted May 04, 2018

But having been knocked out of the Europa League, Arsenal are mathematically unable to qualify for Europe's elite club competition next season - leaving Arsene Wenger's replacement looking at another year of Europa football. "He needs to be dug out because we expect better from him." he said. "He's not conning me", ex-England global Keown told BT Sport.

Calum Chambers replaced him and performed well, with his more experienced teammates culpable on Costa's goal when it arrived in the second minute of time added on before the break.

Wenger defended the former Real Madrid midfielder, saying Keown was off the mark.

"Congratulations to them, good luck in the final and the victor of tonight's game is the clear favourite to win the competition. He'll have some emotional breakdown and won't play this weekend". "He's not conning me!" You will see that he gave a lot.

"I don't agree with that", Wenger said. It was a hard team, physically very intense.

It has not just been Wenger taking the flak, with some players also coming in for harsh criticism - a video of Arsenal fans chanting negatively about Xhaka was circulating on social media ahead of the game in Madrid.

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Arsenal legend David Seaman believes Luis Enrique would be the ideal fit to succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners manager this summer.

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.

The departure of Wenger is long overdue but whoever succeeds the Frenchman will have to embark on a major overhaul of a squad that lacks spirit, stamina and the bloody-minded determination to win that was once a hallmark of Arsenal.

Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscielny with a suspected Achilles injury less than 10 minutes into the match, putting in doubt his World Cup participation with France next month.

"We missed something in the final third because we had plenty of opportunities", Wenger said. "To be important, to lead from the front. They knew the team needed them and it's one of the first pages we've written in the history of the Metropolitano".