Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the semi-final second leg on Thursday night. The defeat meant that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not get a fairytale ending to his career as Arsenal boss.
Most Gunners will be not be surprised by the aggregate result, as over the two legs Arsenal did not do enough to get through. However, it is not the first time the north London side have suffer defeat in that manner.
Tie lost in the first leg
This tie was not lost in Madrid on Thursday night. It was lost in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners played for more than 80 minutes against the Diego Simeone’s side with ten men in the first leg.
The team from north London failed to take their chances in the first leg. If Wenger’s side would have taken their chances, they would have had a much better platform for the second leg.
Winning at the Wanda Metropolitano was always going to be a step too far for the current Gunners team. Even the best teams struggle to win at Atletico and Arsenal are nowhere near a top team.
Players just not good enough
In truth, the two-legs showed that Arsenal’s players are not good enough to compete at the Europa League level, never mind in the Champions League.
For years, Arsenal have signed players who are not good enough to play at the top level of football. Wenger seems to have a lot of control at the club, so he has to be held responsible for the malaise.
The fact that Wenger has stuck with some average players and kept selecting them suggests that the Frenchman is not the man to lead the club forward. The next boss will have to take a serious look at the character of his players.
Who will be the new Arsenal boss?
Liverpool assistant boss Zeljko Buvac remains the favourite to be the next Arsenal boss at 7/2, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri also high in the betting list.
Whoever the next boss is has a big job on his hands getting Arsenal back to the top of the game. The Gunners have not only slipped out of the title race in recent years, but have now failed to finish in the top-four for the last two seasons.
Was the Atletico tie typical of Arsenal in recent seasons?