Diego Costa shat­ters Wenger's dream

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

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.

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