Sad end to Wenger's last title bid


He served the first game of his ban when Atletico beat Arsenal 1-0 in Madrid on Thursday to advance 2-1 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned for four games for insulting a match official following his rant at the referee during last week's first leg semi-final against Arsenal, Uefa said on Friday.

Recall that atl├ętico minimally defeated Arsenal and reached the final of the Europa League, which will play against Marseille.

The midfielder who played at right back for his side in both ties has been one of Atletico's best players this season- helping them to a third European final in four years.

'Listen, I've had my say on it and I feel he's not giving enough for Arsenal Football Club.

"I am like the team; very sad and very disappointed, even very frustrated, as well, because when you go out of a competition and you had the performances in the 180 minutes that we had, it is very hard to take. Most of the time, they don't finish well!"

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"It's very sad, very, very, very sad", said Wenger.

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The scars of losing Champions League finals against Real in 2014 and 2016 are still raw for Atleti, so if any club deserves a night in the spotlight, it is Simeone's team. In fact, of the ten games they have lost this season in the league, seven of them have come against the teams above them in the table.

Costa, the scourge of Arsenal several times during his three seasons with Chelsea, picked up a flawless pass by Antoine Griezmann and strode into the area before fending off a defender and lifting the ball over goalkeeper David Ospina. Most of the time they don't finish well. The Ligue 1 team led 2-0 from the first leg in France but were pegged back by the hosts. "Thanks to our character we managed to score that goal", said Payet, adding that Marseille would enter the final as "outsiders". Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are others who can yet have a bright future, but while improving the attitude and mentality is the most important building block, new players are also absolutely vital.

In recent days, some Marseille fans took to social networks to express violent slogans against Lyon, promising they would "smash everything" during the Europa League final.