Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny looks set to miss the World Cup after the France global suffered an Achilles injury during Thursday's Europa League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid. The victor of tonight's game is the clear favourite to win the competition. "I'm very, very sad to leave the club with this exit".
Atletico have now reached their fourth European final in the space of seven seasons, with Simeone's side facing Marseille, in Lyon, on May 16. The Gunners will now miss out on Champions League football next season.
"He's been out for two months so obviously he isn't quite ready to play 90 minutes", Simeone said. These are vital moments in a game of that stature.
Antoine Griezmann's late goal as Atletico trailed 1-0 in London last week completely changed the complexion of the semi-final tie.
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For Madrid, it's a chance to win Spain a sixth Europa League crown in the last nine years.
"It's not easy to do what we're doing", Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez said. He's had an wonderful career and we wanted to try our best for him to finish on the top. "We wanted to do it for the boss and to try for him to finish on the top".
Finally, that pressure paid off late in first-half injury time, when Costa capitalized on a flawless pass from Griezmann and fired a left-footed shot past goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net in the 48th minute.
Arsenal tried to rally but struggled to break through Atletico's stout defense, creating few scoring opportunities.
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Atletico's 12th consecutive clean sheet in their new home ruined Wenger's aspirations for one final silverware.
Both teams started cautiously at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, with Arsenal trying to control possession and Atletico playing typically tight at the back.
If he has a ruptured Achilles, his chances (for the World Cup) are non-existent. '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. "But we have to be cautious". The captain's loss made it hard for the visitors to contain the firepower of Costa and Antoine Griezmann, who had netted the equalizer in the first leg last month.
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