Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that football can be very cruel following his side’s elimination from the Europa League semi-final.
The Gunners have suffered a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Thursday night and were eliminated on 2-1 aggregate.
Wenger was believed to qualify his side for the Champions League next season through the Europa League success, but the Frenchman failed to turn things around.
The 68-year-old, who served the Gunners since 1996 as club manager, will be stepping down this summer.
“It was a similar game to what we had in the first leg,” Wenger told BT Sport after the defeat. “The dangerous situations we created were there but we missed something in both boxes. We played a good team and good luck to them in the final but we feel we did enough to go through.”
“We didn’t manage the important moments of either game well. We were 1-0 up with ten minutes to go home, and then we conceded a stupid goal. Tonight we looked OK and then conceded on the counter-attack.”
“Atletico played with fear in the first half that if we score they could be out, but once they scored they played with a cushion. We lost possession and Diego Costa is one of the best strikers in the world.”
“It is very very sad but unfortunately you have to go through this in our game. It can be very cruel but sometimes it is nice. The suffering is tough tonight.”
Arsenal still have three games to play in the Premier League, as Wenger’s final game in charge of the North-London side will be away at Huddersfield Town on May 13.