Manager Arsene Wenger will not be given a last chance to lift silverware with Arsenal after they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final.
Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa returned to the Atletico side to haunt the Gunners again and it was his composed chip on the brink of half-time which ended Arsenal’s European hopes.
Antoine Griezmann slipped the crucial pass through to Costa after coming close with a powerful strike from a tight angle.
Arsenal were crestfallen going into the break but almost responded within minutes of the restart when Aaron Ramsey found himself through on goal.
His touch let him down and the chance was wasted – as were a number of opportunities for the visitors throughout the second half.
To make matters worse, captain Laurent Koscielny was carried off after tearing his Achilles early in the first half and will miss the World Cup.
Two-time champions Atletico will now face RB Salzburg or Marseille in their third Europa League final in eight years in Lyon on 16 May.