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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss says 'the suffering is strong' after Europa League loss

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Arsene Wenger of Arsenal
Arsene Wenger of Arsenal

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal's "suffering is strong" after their hopes of reaching the Europa League final were dashed by a 2-1 aggregate defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Diego Costa scored the only goal of the second leg to take Atletico through to their third final in eight years.

Wenger will not lift a European trophy with Arsenal with his tenure as manager coming to an end this season.
"It can be very cruel, I am very sad tonight," said the Frenchman.

Arsenal missed a number of chances to equalize in Madrid but was denied through a combination of good defending and poor end product.

They dominated the first leg but allowed 10-man Atletico to equalize with eight minutes to spare, handing the Spaniards an away goal advantage.

The Gunners will now miss out on Champions League football next season.

"We didn't manage the important moments of either game well," said Wenger.

"We were 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go at 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."

Wenger also said the tie "should be over" after the first leg and that his side "missed something in the final third".

"When you go out of a competition and you have the performances we have had over 180 minutes it is hard to take.

"There are some good ingredients in our team. They will bounce back."

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin said the result was "hard to take" because they "played with our heart".

"It was not meant to be," said the Spaniard. "We wanted to do it for the boss and to try for him to finish on the top. That adds more disappointment."


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