Kevin De Bruyne shined for Manchester City as the Premier League champions cruised to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola’s side were always set to be a tough test for Freddie Ljungberg. And the interim boss’ fears came to light when Arsenal’s defence was unsurprisingly dismantled the first-half.
De Bruyne was in top form for City, scoring two and assisting another. The Belgian could have had a first-half hat-trick if not for the fingertips of Bernd Leno.
Arsenal’s lack of inspiration in an Emirates Stadium devoid of life and atmosphere will surely only increase the urgent need to appoint a full-time manager – although at this stage it is still unclear which direction the Gunners hierarchy intends to go.
Mikel Arteta was part of the Man City coaching staff to help orchestrate such a dominant win. The former Arsenal captain is being tipped to replace Unai Emery.
Arsenal are 9th, seven points off a Champions League place.