Laurent Koscielny a World Cup doubt after suffering suspected ruptured Achilles

Laurent Koscielny a World Cup doubt after suffering suspected ruptured Achilles

Laurent Koscielny a World Cup doubt after suffering suspected ruptured Achilles

Arsenal fashioned a number of openings but the final pass was too often lacking as they were unable to breach Atletico's defence.

Three thoughts from the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid beat Arsenal 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to advance to the Europa League final in Lyon.

Atletico have not lost at home in La Liga this season but they were on the ropes in the first leg in London, down to 10 men from the 10th minute after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off.

Asked about Koscielny's chances of recovering in time for the World Cup, Wenger said: "That depends on the scan". I'm very sad tonight.

"It was a hard game, physically very intense and I'm convinced Ozil should not be now vindicated by anybody because we didn't score".

Yet, Wenger's side actually improved initially after that blow and Alexandre Lacazette - scorer of the tie's first goal - should have put them ahead just prior to the half-hour mark, but he could not get the ball out of his feet after being fed into a glorious position by Aaron Ramsey.

"I'm very frustrated as well. With the right additions in the summer I think they can compete next year". Atletico won 2-1 on aggregate.

The injury forced Arsenal into a change after just 12 minutes with Calum Chambers replacing Koscielny - who has been nursing an Achilles problem for most of the season.

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Arsenal and France now face an anxious wait.

"It doesn't look very good", said Wenger. It looks an Achilles rupture.

It was perhaps also telling that Costa's physicality and Atletico's defensive rigour ultimately proved decisive, two qualities Wenger's Arsenal in recent years have so lacked.

"Costa came back here for nights like this", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

The 32-year-old started France's friendlies against Wales last November and at Russian Federation in March and was set to be in a battle with Raphael Varane to start at centre-back alongside Samuel Umtiti.

"We needed an angry striker up front and a team needs that, we work with intensity and we live off the mistake we can force our rivals to make".

"You need big players to stand up and be counted and the team were up there with him at that level".

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