Echiejile’s Monaco Beat Arsenal In Champions League

Super Eagles of Nigeria’s defender Elderson Echiejile and his French side, Monaco defeated Arsenal 3-1 and punctured the Gunners’ hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
The Gunners looked to have been handed a favourable draw but a display that plumbed the depths of incompetence and naivety leaves them facing a last-16 exit once more.
Monaco were resilient at the back where Echiejile and his teammates were rock solid, while his team were capable of punishing Arsenal’s shoddy defence, as they took the lead in the first half through Geoffrey Kondogbia’s deflected shot.
To add insult to injury, former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov added the second just after the break. There was even time for Arsenal to cast away the lifeline substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s stoppage-time goal had given them as they were caught hopelessly on the counter once more as Yannick Ferreira Carrasco added a third goal.
As Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim did a Jose Mourinho-style celebration sprint down the touchline, Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger looked crestfallen and no wonder.
This stage has become Arsenal’s perennial stumbling block but Wenger would have had high hopes of clearing the hurdle against his former club, even though they had lost only once in their last 17 games.
Meanwhile, Echiejile picked one of the two yellow cards awarded to his team during the pulsating tie, the Nigerian played all 90 minutes in London.


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