Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3
De Bruyne 2, 40,  Sterling 15

Arsenal were blitzed by a ruthless Manchester City at the Emirates in a brutal first half footballing display from the Premier League champions. Kevin De Bruyne lashed home with less than two minutes on the clock from Gabriel Jesus’s cross after the Gunners offered no resistance as City tore down their left. Freddie Ljungberg looked on in frustration, but his side hadn’t heeded the power of City’s attacking prowess. The visitors once again tore down the same side, this time De Bruyne was the creator, and with only Raheem Sterling to aim for in the box, the Arsenal defence put out the welcome mat for Sterling to tap in City’s second. The Gunners had no firepower, no creativity and no defence. Five minutes before the break, De Bruyne was afforded too much time through the middle, and with just a flimsy attempt to hold him up by Matteo Guendouzi, the Belgian guided his low shot using the static Calum Chambers as a guide to curl his low effort beyond Bernd Leno’s dive.

Leno denied De Bruyne a first half hat-trick, getting across with a finger tip save and onto his upright to deny City a fourth in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe could not influence the game one iota and if we are looking for any optimism, that would be the performance of Gabriel Martinelli. The 18 year old Brazilian could and perhaps should have opened the scoring after just 30 seconds, but Ederson smothered his effort. City did everything to deny Martinelli time and space, with more than a touch of the rough stuff, that’s how much of a threat he was.

But Arsenal were complicit in their own downfall. The players are clearly lacking in direction and confidence, and while the club hierarchy dither in their selection process to get Unai Emery’s replacement, on the pitch, the team is being picked off. The home loss to Brighton was a barometric reading of how low this Arsenal side have fallen, while the draw at Norwich papered over the cracks as did the opening hour at West Ham. Yes, the latter was eventually a victory, but you sense that a new and experienced manager is desperately needed to come in with new ideas to rectify the same mistakes.

Ljungberg is doing his best, but this is like competing in the knowledge that you’re going to lose. Leno is being done a huge disservice with that shambles of a defence in front of him, while the midfield fight in front of them hasn’t materialised. Lucas Torreira needs help, but Guendouzi isn’t able to offer any. Pepe scored a delightful curler at West Ham, but unless he’s on his left foot, his game is quickly nullified. Pepe had the best view in the house as City raced into a two goal lead, while when he did eventually come on Bukayo Saka did well when asked to play at left back. We’re clutching at straws here. Conceding the first goal in each of our last six matches tells you the alarm bells are ringing louder by the day.

It won’t be a quick fix, as Ljungberg struggles to get his message across. The former Invincible and double winner deserves better. Ozil’s reaction after he was replaced by Emile Smith-Rowe for his Premier League debut – he walked off slowly, then booted away his gloves in front of his bench sums up the ill discipline inherent in the team. If only Ozil had shown more fight on the pitch, we may have had half a chance. The pain could have been even greater when Chambers tried to take on Jesus, only for the City striker to win possession to take his shot which Leno saved, while Sterling hit just wide in the closing stages.

It was desperate stuff from Arsenal who next travel to a resurgent Everton.