Atletico Madrid have beaten Arsenal 1-0 in the Europa League to reach a fifth continental final in nine seasons and deny outgoing manager Arsene Wenger a last attempt at an worldwide trophy with the Gunners. We feel over the two games it was enough to go through.
The game opened up after the break but Arsenal were unable to carve out a meaningful chance against the well organised Atletico defence.
Costa did not play at all in the first half of the season due to a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban and had not scored since February having been hampered by a hamstring problem. "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 very important to get there because Atletico are a great club and need to play in finals".
"I did that for 20 years", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Wednesday.
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Both teams started cautiously at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, with Arsenal trying to control possession and Atletico playing typically tight at the back. But the Atletico coach told his postgame news conference that these type of big occasions were precisely why they had brought the Brazil-born Spain global back to the club.
Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscielny with an apparent ankle injury less than 10 minutes into the match, putting in doubt his World Cup participation with France next month.
Atletico reached their ninth European final and will be gunning for a fourth title, following Cup Winners' Cup success in 1962, and Europa League titles 2010 and 2012. "The fans were with us every step of the way, they knew the side needed them and it's one of the first pages we've written in the history of the Metropolitano".
"We wanted to do it for the boss, he's had an unbelievable career", Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin said.
The Gunners headed to Spain with the tie finely poised at 1-1 but have the boost of a fit Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who returned from a knee injury at the weekend having sat out the first leg.
"They are a clever side that defends very well".