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Arsenal defeated in Madrid to exit Europa League

Posted on May 03, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Thursday night in the Europa League semi-final second leg, to exit the competition 2-1 on aggregate.

Atletico Madrid had the first effort on goal on six minutes. Diego Costa outmuscled Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal before firing hide and wide of goal.

The Gunners suffered a major injury blow on eight minutes, as Koscielny suffered a potentially serious Achilles injury. The Frenchman was down for three minutes before Calum Chambers replaced the centre-back.

The game continued to be tight. However, Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette had a half chance, going around Jan Oblak, but the angle was too acute, so the forward attempted to find Mesut Ozil, but Diego Godin intercepted the cross.

A rare opening arrived on 37 minutes and it arrived for the home side. The ball fell to Koke on the edge of the area and the midfielder volleyed just wide of goal. Soon afterwards, Antoine Griezmann controlled the ball in the area and turned to fire an effort wide of the right-hand post.

The game continued to be tight until first-half stoppage-time. Griezmann put Costa through on goal and the former Chelsea striker lifted the ball over Ospina into the net after holding off a challenge from Hector Bellerin.

Costa had the first chance of the second half, looping a back post header into the arms of Oblak. Two minutes later Koke hit a low effort from 25 yards out just wide of David Ospina’s goal. On 52 minutes, Aaron Ramsey fired just wide of goal, as he failed to make proper contact with the ball with Thomas Partey applying pressure to the midfielder.

Griezmann shot tamely at goal on 58 minutes from a quick counter-attack that Ospina saved comfortably. The French striker then fired a long-range free-kick just wide of Ospina’s goal.

On 62 minutes, Atletico goalkeeper Oblak produced a top save from a low long-range effort from Granit Xhaka. Atletico came close to doubling their lead on the night on 67 minutes, as Griezmann saw a shot on goal well blocked by the Gunners defender Calum Chambers.

On 71 minutes, Arsenal substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit a half volley just over the bar from a narrow-angle just inside the penalty area. Costa shot straight at Ospina from 25 yards on 82 minutes.

Atletico Madrid killed the game off and held on to seal a place in the Europa League final. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not get the dream send-off after all.

Did Arsenal deserve more from their trip to Madrid?

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  1. chris says:

    And whose fault is it ? Not the players, not the fans …. but the head coach. All other coaches are YES men …. fact. We lost, as expected, to an equally technical team … a more cynical cheating team …. a team that can take its very few chances …. and a team that is drilled and drilled and drilled to defend. Our highly paid lads are not drilled to defend and it is NOT their fault. Ever since he arrived Wenger has believed in attack 1st and defence last. A matter of dreamy philosophy. FACT. And for his £8.5m p.a. he has cost the club dearly and dearly and dearly. And I do not feel sentimenal about him. Without inheriting a great ready defence Wenger deserves nothing but a monument to himself.



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