No Champions League next season
Arsenal will not be playing in the Champions League next season after they were knocked out of the Europa League by Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners had to travel to the Wanda Metropolitano and win the game if they were to go through but that was always going to be a very hard task.
That is because Atletico Madrid had not conceded a goal at home since 20th January and were not showing any signs of doing that tonight bar a few chances.
With such a stern defence, Arsenal were simply unable to create many clearcut chances and their positivity in the first half soon become a frustration.
That was further compounded when the Gunners went 1-0 behind thanks to a goal from Diego Costa who loves to score against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Arsenal then needed to get one goal to force the game to extra time but they were unable to break Atletico’s defensive streak to do that.
That confirmed their exit from the Europa League and any chances of the side playing in the Champions League next season.
The side will now not be able to qualify through European competition and cannot finish in the Premier League top four this season.
Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger, that means he will be leaving the club without anything to show for it this season.
Though, his illustrious Gunners career will no doubt shine through at the end of the day.
The worst time to concede a goal!
Diego Costa puts Atlético ahead on the stroke of half time! pic.twitter.com/tDMoiJG00C
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 3, 2018