UK Kevin De Bruyne’s dazzling performance helped Man City defeated Arsenal host 3-0 in round 17 of the Premier League on December 15.
De Bruyne at 2nd minute, 40th minute, Sterling 16th minute.
Striker Aubameyang only touched the ball eight times in the first half. Three touches are three serves after each goal is lost. That statistic shows Arsenal’s underdogs to Man City, on every angle. The defense usually does not follow closely and turn the status of defensive slowly.
Meanwhile, Man City won three points without spending too much effort. Pep Guardiola’s teachers shortened the gap with Liverpool’s top table to 14 points.
Even in the first attack phase, Man City netted the opponent. Fernandinho pulled the ball into the middle and then poked Gabriel Jesus to clear the offside trap and left.
Brazilian striker stretched to the far post for De Bruyne to cross into the blank and cushion the ball to the roof of the Arsenal net. Defender Sead Kolasinac stood on the line, bowed instead of jumping to break the ball.
Scoring early, Man City dropped low to play defensively, not deploying quickly when the ball. While Arsenal gradually regained pace, the away team increased the score to 2-0.
From the counterattack, De Bruyne passed to Jesus in the middle of the pitch and then ran along the left wing. Receiving the cross from Jesus, the Belgian midfielder broke and stretched for Sterling to cushion the ball into an empty net.
Guardiola’s army still kicked slowly and steadily, while Arsenal had no clear opportunity. The visitors are ready to commit a foul to prevent a dangerous challenge, even if they receive a yellow card. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s defense was easily surpassed.
Kolasinac left the field due to injury 40 minutes into the match, while Bukayo Saka was unable to make a substitution. Using the opportunity, De Bruyne received a pass from Phil Foden, breaking through the middle. He took a long shot with his left foot, not moving, putting the ball into the low corner to increase the score to 3-0.
In the final minutes of the match, Man City nearly increased the score to 4-0 if Leno did not prevent Riyad Mahrez’s dangerous shot. Arsenal remain stomping at number nine on the Premier League scoreboard, seven points behind the top four.