Manchester City’s French defender Benjamin Mendy (L) vies with Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli (C) throughout the English Premier League soccer match on the Emirates Stadium in London on December 15, 2019. Ben STANSALL / AFP
Kevin De Bruyne scored twice and teed up Raheem Sterling for Manchester City’s different aim as Arsenal crumbled to a different humiliating 3-0 house defeat on Sunday.
The victory sees City shut the hole on runaway leaders Liverpool again to 14 factors and edge to inside 4 of second-placed Leicester, who they host subsequent weekend.
Arsenal, however, stay ninth on the again of only one win of their final 12 video games in all competitions.
That victory got here at West Ham on Monday, but when there was any hope a nook had been turned below caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg for the Gunners, it was shortly quashed by the good De Bruyne.
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Arsenal may have taken the lead even earlier than the Belgian opened the scoring after simply 90 seconds.
Gabriel Martinelli retained his place forward of Alexandre Lacazette after scoring for the primary time within the Premier League on Monday and bought the higher of Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi to muscle his manner in on aim earlier than his shot was blocked by Ederson.
City broke straight up the opposite finish and Gabriel Jesus’s low cross picked out De Bruyne to stroke the ball into the roof of the web.
Pep Guardiola’s males had been ruthlessly minimize aside on the counter-attack in dropping to Manchester United final weekend and had been acutely aware to not make the identical mistake once more as they allowed Arsenal possession for big spells earlier than breaking at velocity.
The guests doubled their lead simply quarter-hour in with De Bruyne this time the creator as he carried the ball ahead earlier than squaring for Sterling to fit house his sixteenth aim of the season.
De Bruyne confirmed his superior high quality to every other participant on the pitch once more 5 minutes earlier than half-time as this time he curled into the underside nook on his weaker left foot from exterior the field.
And solely an excellent save from Bernd Leno denied the City midfielder a first-half hat-trick moments later because the German’s fingertips turned one other long-range De Bruyne effort onto the put up.
Arsenal’s preparation for the sport had been disturbed by the controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil’s assist for the Muslim minority Uighurs in Chinese province Xinjiang.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV pulled protection of the match and Arsenal distanced themselves from Ozil’s feedback.
The German was nonetheless chosen by Ljungberg however made a little bit influence earlier than being substituted on the hour mark and his sluggish stroll to the touchline together with his aspect trailing 3-0 drew the wrath of some disgruntled Arsenal followers.
Only Leno prevented the scoreline from turning into much more embarrassing for Arsenal as he saved one-on-one from Jesus and at his close to put up from Riyad Mahrez.
However, with only one win in 5 video games since Ljungberg took short-term cost after the sacking of Unai Emery, the appointment of a brand new supervisor can not come quickly sufficient if they’re to salvage something from a completely disappointing season thus far.