Diego Costa shatters Wenger's dream
LONDON - SO Arsene Wenger goes out with a whimper and not a bang. His successor will have no Champions League next season.
And the only thing left to play for in the Frenchman’s final season is to hold off Burnley and finish sixth.
The Europa League was supposed to be Wenger’s parting gift and his men were meant to raise their game to give a fitting end to his 22-year reign.
But on the night of his 250th game in Europe with the Gunners, it was sadly, for the 68-year-old, the same old story. With the villain again being Diego Costa.
The ex-Chelsea star kept up his personal mission to make Wenger and Arsenal miserable with the only goal of the game.
The Gunners played okay, but all too often the final ball - particularly from the woeful Nacho Monreal - was awful.
When a decent one did come, they were guilty of poor control and heavy touches.
Despite having 55 per cent of possession Arsenal managed just ONE shot on target, a long-range effort from Granit Xhaka.
Just before the final effort, Wenger kicked the air with his left foot. It wasn’t meant to end like this.
Ten trophies - three league titles and seven FA Cups - is not a bad haul for 22 years but this match will not be one he remembers with any affection.It had to be Costa who was the fairytale killer.
Playing for Chelsea, he scored three in six appearances against Arsenal and became Public Enemy number one as far as the north Londoners were concerned.