Arsene Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final

Arsenal went out of the Europa League after losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid tonight. Last week’s 1-1 draw in London means they go out 2-1 on aggregate and Atletico Madrid are off to the final in Lyon. It means Arsene Wenger won’t be able to lift a trophy at the end of his final season in charge of the Gunners.

Arsenal were on top for most of the game, but managed just one shot on target over the 90 minutes. I think Wenger can feel a bit let down by his players tonight, who really failed to shine in what has turned out to be his last ever European game with the club.

After the game, Wenger faced the BT Sport cameras…

On whether it was a similar to the first leg in that Arsenal played well and created opportunities but were punished by a defensive mistake…

Yeah, I couldn’t say the opposite. We look again tonight, it was a bit similar if you compare the two games. Our performance was very good, the dangerous situations we created were there, but in the two boxes we missed something. I must say, we played against a good team and congratulations to them and good luck in the final but over the two games it [was (or wasn’t?) enough to go through]. (I’m not 100 per cent that the part in brackets is what he said, so don’t quote it, but that’s what I have made out after listening to him.)

On whether the damage was done in the first leg…

Yes, I think if you look at the two games we didn’t manage the important moments of the games well and that’s part of the quality of a team as well. We’re 1-0 up at home, concede a stupid goal, and tonight, with one minute to go before half-time we concede the goal on the counter-attack when you know that it’s a vital moment in a game of that stature. That pushed them in a position that was psychologically much easier. They played with a bit of fear in the first half and if we score, they could be out. But after they were 1-0 up, they always had a little cushion. Even if we equalised, they are still not out and that’s why that goal was absolutely vital tonight.

On Diego Costa once again being a thorn in Arsenal’s side…

Yes we had the ball at the start, we lose a stupid ball, but I must say Diego Costa is Diego Costa and that’s why he’s one of the best strikers in the world.

On Laurent Koscielny’s injury…

It’s not good. It’s an Achilles; it looks like an Achilles rupture. Maybe we’ll have good news, but the first signs are not very good.

On how it feels that his story will end without European silverware…

Well, it’s very sad. Very, very, very sad, I’m very sad tonight. But unfortunately you have to go through that as well. In our game, it is like that, it can be very cruel. Sometimes, very nice, but the suffering is, of course, very strong tonight.

Personally, I think it is sad to see Arsene Wenger like that after such a disappointing night. He has had such a great career and has brought so many good memories to Arsenal. I think many fans, from a lot of clubs in England and around the world, will be feeling for Wenger a little bit tonight. I doubt most Spurs fans are, but apart from them I’d imagine a lot of people feel a little bit sorry for him.

The last time Arsene Wenger will enter the Emirates Stadium dugout as Arsenal manager will be on Sunday, when the Gunners play Burnley.

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