And so the love story comes to an end, Arsene Wenger’s final season with Arsenal will not end with a trophy. Despite Arsene’s hope for a fairytale ending, there was no gold to be found at the end of this particular rainbow.
Arsenal once again proved they are about as useful at finishing as an 80-year-old man with erectile dysfunction. At no point could 11 men produce a more disappointing and downright depressing display in Europe, not even if Ronan Keating went on tour with N’SYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
In the first leg, Arsenal got held to a 1-1 draw by an Athletico side who were not at full strength and spent a good portion of the game reduced to 10 men, this left them in the unfavourable position of having to travel to Wanda Metropolitano, with all the pressure in the world on their shoulders.
They knew they had to go to Madrid and score, that was the bare minimum thing they had to do to get through to the final, unfortunately, Arsenal looked as likely to score as I look likely to run in the Olympic games.
Putting yourself in a position where you HAVE to score against one of the best defences in Europe, is no way to book yourself a ticket to the final. And Arsenal paid the price for not putting Athletico to the sword in the first leg.
Their conversion rate of shots to goals in the first leg was less successful than my success rate of people who reply to my messages on Tinder.
Despite having numerous chances across the two legs, Arsenal failed to convert these into goals, and Atletico managed to capitalise on the fact that this Arsenal team is leakier at the back than Elton John.
The loss does bring with it another milestone for Arsene, 22 years in charge, and not a single European tournament won. Despite all his successes in charge at Arsenal, his stance on Europe is shitter than Theresa May’s
It was Arsenal’s old foe who struck against them again, he was a recurring nightmare for Arsenal when he played for Chelsea, and after tonight you would imagine that Diego might just costa Arsene a couple of nights sleep.
With the final disappointment out of the way and nothing to hope for this season, Arsenal will be winding themselves down and preparing for what will be an incredibly important summer. Where they will need to attempt to come together as a fan base and get behind whoever comes into what currently looks like a job that is about as attractive as me wearing speedos in a freezing river.