Arsene Wenger 'very sad' to leave Arsenal with Europa League heartbreak

The Europa League was Arsenal's final chance of securing UEFA Champions League football next season and Wenger's last opportunity to bow out of the club on a high after nearly 22 years in charge. He was on the edge of things today.

Martin Keown pulled no punches when he analysed Mesut Ozil's performance on Thursday night.

Instead, Wenger will wave goodbye at the end of his 22-year reign at Huddersfield as the Gunners travel to the John Smith's Stadium on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

A man who's teams could never be accused of standing off was sitting in the opposition dugout on Thursday evening and in Diego Simeone, Roy Keane sees the ideal man to come in and shake things up at Arsenal.

Both sides played 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium a week ago and needed at least a goalless draw to pull through, but they got more than a draw to seal their qualification.

The Gunners' only hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League is to win the Europa League.

Simeone's men have not lost at home in the league all season and not conceded a goal since January, and Arsenal failed to threaten goalkeeper Jan Oblak as much as they did back home. Show some drive. Show some energy.

"I have dealt with hard situations before in my life and I will do it again".

And Simeone knows the combative 29-year-old, who was unable to play until January as the Rojiblancos served a FIFA-imposed registration ban, thrives under the pressure of playing in high-stakes matches. "Maybe we'll have good news, I don't like to express myself without a doctor's opinion, but the first signs are not good". That's not a proper performance. "I would say the victor of tonight's game is the clear favourite in the competition".

Only the coming weeks will determine the identity of Arsenal's new manager as speculation continues to rise surrounding the position.

"'(Arsene) Wenger has invested an very bad lot of money in this player and I'm not seeing a performance to go with it". He's not conning me.

"They gave their lot, they wanted to try and make it work for us and it didn't just happen".

Take away the FA Cup and Arsenal have won nothing since the 2004 Premier League title, a awful indictment of the board and the manager, who have presided over long years of mediocrity where second best was readily accepted.

  • Julie Sanders