Wenger reacts to Arsenal's painful exit from Europa League

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 04/05/2018

Arsene Wenger has reacted to Arsenal's painful exits from Europa League from the hands of Atletico Madrid after denying him the chance to win a European title with the Gunners.

The 68-year-old French coach who will be stepping down at the end of the season after a 22-year tenure at the club was hoping to guide his side to the final of the Europa League in his home country.

However, there was to be no fairytale ending for Wenger, as nemesis Diego Costa scored the only goal of the match in Thursday's semi-final second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano for a 2-1 aggregate triumph over the North Londoner outfit.

He told BT Sport: "Well it’s very sad. Very, very, very sad. I’m very sad tonight.’ ‘Unfortunately, you have to go through that in our game. It can be very cruel, but sometimes very nice. The suffering is of course very strong tonight.

"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 180 minutes that we had, it very difficult to take.

"We didn’t manage the important moments of the games well. We were 1-0 up at home and conceded a stupid goal. ‘Tonight, one minute before half-time we conceded on the counter-attack and you know it’s a critical stage of the game. Psychologically you know these are crucial moments.

"It was then easier for them. They played with a bit of fear at the start but at 1-0 up they have the cushion. That goal was absolutely vital tonight.’ Speaking about Costa’s strike, 

"We had the ball at the start, then lost it with a stupid ball. ‘But I must say, Diego Costa is Diego Costa and that’s why he’s one of the best strikers in the world. he added: 

Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal will be away at Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on May 13.