Arsenal fullback Bellerin: We're disappointed and sad for Wenger

Manchester United star Eric Bailly has made just 16 appearances in all competitions this season

Manchester United star Eric Bailly has made just 16 appearances in all competitions this season

The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners for 22 years but the defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League means it will be two straight seasons without Champions League football.

With a sixth-place Premier League finish looking increasingly likely, whoever replaces Wenger will have a job on their hands to get the club back into the Champions League.

"Congratulations to Atletico and good luck in the final".

Koscielny was substituted soon after, replaced by Calum Chambers, but Arsenal enjoyed one of their best spells midway through the half, dominating possession and reducing Atletico to a series of rushed clearances.

Koscielny, 32, would have expected to be in France's squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation, but is now a major doubt and should Wenger's prediction prove correct, the defender could even miss the start of next season.

The groups drew 1-1 on the Emirates Stadium final Thursday after Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's strike.

Wenger said David Ospina will start in goal for Arsenal.

Atletico advanced 2-1 on aggregate thanks to Costa's goal in first-half injury time.

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Meanwhile, former Gunners defender Martin Keown was highly critical of Mesut Ozil's display, saying the German World Cup victor was not fit to wear the Arsenal shirt.

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Atletico Madrid are through to the final in Kiev.

Arsenal stepped things up after the break and almost levelled early in the second half, but Ramsey scuffed wide under pressure from three defenders after Jack Wilshere's shot ricocheted into his path.

Atletico's 12th consecutive clean sheet in their new home ruined Wenger's aspirations for one final silverware.

"I am sad and very disappointed overall, very frustrated as well", Wenger told the media, as quoted by Reuters.

"It was very important to get there because Atletico are a great club and need to play in finals".

Asked about his reaction to Wenger's exit, he told Omnisport, via Houston Dynamo: "Sad, obviously, because he's such a legend for the club, but maybe for him some relief because I think he's had an fantastic career at Arsenal". "Unfortunately you have to go through that - the game can be very cruel, sometimes very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight".

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