Kevin De Bruyne reveals how Manchester City was able to control Arsenal in the 3-0 Premier League victory at Emirates Stadium. He says the Gunners’ attacking players did not assist their defence and led to their awful home-loss.
The City entirely ran the first half taking three goals with De Bruyne opening the scoreline in the first minute. Also, Raheem Sterling put in a second before the Belgian had the final goal just before half time.
However, the brace from the Belgium midfielder makes him hit four goals in five consecutive games. Likewise, it helps the champions to get back on their wins after suffering 2-1 league defeat to Manchester United.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe did not trackback to help Arsenal’s defense as Man. City took advantage of the weakness.
Gunners’ frontline is good with keeping pressure on the opponent but lacks the ability to fall back during a counter-attack.
Speaking after the game when De Bruyne was asked if he was surprised by Arsenal giving City’s attackers so much space:
“We saw upfront in the videos… the attackers try to press up but when we pass their front four they really don’t help the Arsenal defense.
“So they always stay with four upfront, except [Gabriel] Martinelli who comes [back] a little bit more. So we always get spaces somewhere over the pitch.
“I think it’s really difficult for the six defenders to control that because obviously you can come from everywhere on the pitch.
“I think they left some open spaces and we exploited them really well. Obviously, when you’re 3-0 up it makes the game a little bit easier for us.”– Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgium international scoring two goals and an assist for Sterling made him the headline of the match.