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When 60,000 Arsenal fans came through the Emirates doors on Thursday night, they came for a football game; but also for something more. They came for the 107th of the 107 games of the Champions League or Europa League under Arsene Wenger. They came for the final chapter of Wenger's European adventures.

And unfortunately, they got an appropriate ending. Adapted for all the wrong reasons.

Obtained the "Classical Arsenal" or "Maximum Arsenal" or any term that you wish to use to describe the continuation of continuous continental faults. Failures despite the hopes and suggestions of possible success.

They saw Arsenal fight with Atletico Madrid for 10 men for 50 minutes, and finally broke through, only to shoot himself in the foot; fall asleep; and return to Madrid with nothing to show for 80 minutes of football 11-v-10.

The Gunners were on stand for most of the night after Sime Vrsaljko picked up two yellow cards in 10 minutes. The manager of Atlético Diego Simeone was sent to the stands shortly after. Arsenal was in control. But he could not make control count.

Even at 1-0 after Alexandre Lacazette's header in the 61st minute, the story of Thursday night would have been of moderate satisfaction, but also of wasted opportunity.

Instead, it's the story of the opportunity completely strangled.

Nacho Monreal was caught daydreaming on the left side. The authorization of Laurent Kosielny was woefully inadequate. David Ospina lets a ball twist between his legs. Shkodran Mustafi could not prevent Antoine Griezmann from getting the ball on the second chance outside the Arsenal net. Griezmann held his brand celebration to the delight of the traveling fanatics and the dejection of the rest.

The Emirates sunk collectively, renounced the "same old Arsenal". Resigned to Wenger's reign ended just as it unravels, with disappointment after disappointment. No team should lose a two-leg tie playing 44 percent with a man's advantage. After Thursday, and specifically after the conceding of the away goal, there is a good chance that Arsenal will do it. And there is a great chance that Wenger will finish 22 years at the helm without a European trophy.

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