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Arsene Wenger ‘Very Sad’ With Arsenal’s Europa League Defeat

Arsene Wenger ‘Very Sad’ With Arsenal’s Europa League Defeat

Arsene Wenger was devastated by Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday though he made a firm defence of midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who heavily criticized Ozil’s performance said, he German had cried “crocodile tears” after the game, and was “not fit to wear the shirt”.

Diego Costa’s strike at Wanda Metropolitano secured a 1-0 victory for Atletico with a 2-1 win on aggregate, to play in the final against Marseille. But the defeat ends Wenger’s hopes of leaving Arsenal on a high as his team missed out on a shot at a major trophy and squandered their last chance to qualify for the Champions League.

“I’m very sad tonight,” Wenger said. “Unfortunately you have to go through that — the game can be very cruel, sometimes very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight. “Looking at the chances over the two games the least we could say is we are very frustrated. The tie should have been over in the first game.”

“The club now has to think about what to do for next season,” Wenger said. “I think there are some good ingredients in our team and they will bounce back. With the right additions in the summer I think they can compete next year.”

Responding to Keown’s comments, Wenger said: “I don’t agree with that. You will see that he gave a lot. It was a difficult team, physically very intense. “I’m convinced that Ozil should not be criticised by anyone just because he did not score. We had plenty of opportunities and we lose as a team.”

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May 4th, 2018

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