Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne shone with a brace to help City with their disappointment when they beat Arsenal host 3-0 at Emirates Stadium in the 17 Premier League round last night and this morning.
The confrontation between Arsenal and Man City attracted the attention of the fans as both the big men were in need of a victory to continue hoping to pursue their goals. In particular, Arsenal aspires to end its poor form to maintain the top 4, while Man City has not given up the race to win the championship.
This match has been heating up since the players and fans have yet to come to the field. That is the fact that China Central Television (CCTV) announced to cancel the Arsenal-Man City match directly after midfielder Mesut Ozil published comments related to the disputes in Xinjiang. However, this only really warmed Arsenal’s frozen feet in the reception of teachers and coach Pep Guardiola, who was under pressure after losing to rivals M.U at home in the previous round.
More than 60,000 supporters of the “Gunners” soon turned off their joy after the first minute when De Bruyne launched a beautiful kick to open the score for the visitors in the second minute after the cross on the left-wing of Gabriel Jesus. Not long after, Arsenal’s left backline was pierced once more and this time De Bruyne was the cross for Raheem Sterling doubling the gap in the 15th minute.
Efforts to push Arsenal’s squad up to a standstill before the break, De Bruyne scored twice for Man City after a shot from outside the penalty area. Even if the column was not rejected, the Belgian midfielder could soon have moved Arsenal fans to leave early after only the first 45 minutes.
The adjustments of interim coach Freddie Ljungberg also only helped “Gunners” to have a better position in the second half. However, what Arsenal needed most was the goal did not come when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli cannot create mutations to destroy the capital of the visitors. Even without the skill of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Arsenal will probably receive a defeat at home.
The defeat at homemade Arsenal sinks deep into crisis when the London team fell to 9th place after winning only 1 victory in the last 12 matches, leading Liverpool to 27 points (22 compared to 49). The hope of “Gunners” is now only pursuing a place for the European Cup next season, but it seems that this goal will be difficult if Arsenal continues to show the poor face of ideas in attack and a lack of defense.
The defeat also caused Ljungberg to lose serious points when the former Swedish player was supposedly officially signed to lead Arsenal until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, with the victory at the Emirates, Man City (35 points) not only narrowed the gap with second-placed Leicester to 4 points but also hoped to recreate the spectacular upstream to win the championship last season (49 points).