The sad way Kevin De Bruyne celebrated Arsenal masterclass

De Bruyne was in such good form on Wednesday. Image: Alamy

When asked how he celebrated Manchester City’s 4-1 demolition of Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, Kevin De Bruyne gave a rather somber response.

De Bruyne played an absolute masterclass for Pep Guardiola’s team, scoring two goals and providing his 16th assist of the season.

Along with Erling Haaland, who also contributed with a goal and two assists, they completely dominated Arsenal.

The victory, which was crucial in the title race, saw City reduce the gap between them and the league leaders to two points, with two games in hand.

Julian Alvarez substituted Kevin De Bruyne in the second half, and unfortunately, the Belgian was unable to fully enjoy the scenes that followed.

De Bruyne was awarded the Man of the Match for his exceptional performance, but as a result, he was in high demand for media duty, which prevented him from spending much time with his teammates after the match.

Asked how he celebrated the mammoth win and performance, De Bruyne toldthe Daily Star:“To be fair, by doing about 15 interviews. When I got back to the dressing room, most of the team was gone.”

De Bruyne spoke to an array of outlets during his mini-media tour, including the likes of NBC and BT Sport, who broadcasted the game live in the UK.

De Bruyne also explained the shift in tactics that Manchester City used to overwhelm Arsenal, who have not beaten City in the Premier League since 2015.

City sacrificed much of their build-up play and opted for a more direct approach, focusing on targeting Rob Holding and continuously finding De Bruyne and Haaland in space.

“When they play man-to-man we have to go a bit longer because there is no space to play short passes,” De Bruyne explained to BT Sport.

“In the second half, it was 50/50, they are a very class team and hard to play against. We had to be at our best today and I think we were.

“I think we set up a bit differently rather than with the two 8s, I had a little bit more the freedom to go left and right, who was putting pressure from them between Partey and Xhaka and trying to find space.”

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City will look to continue their incredible winning run on Sunday when they travel to Craven Cottage to play Fulham.

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