The Arsenal crisis continues. In the Premier League duel with Manchester City, the club in London lost 0-3 (0-3). It was the seventh winless game of the last nine games, with City scoring Kevin De Bruyne (2nd and 40th minutes) and Raheem Sterling (16th). The defending champion (35 points) is 14 points behind Liverpool in third place.
It was Arsenal's first match after Mesut Özil caused a stir with an Instagram post. In it, the former German international had spoken in favor of the Muslim minority of Uighurs in China and condemned the silence of most Muslim states. In China, this caused trouble, and state television canceled the broadcast of the Manchester game.
Read here why Özil's statement is so explosive. Arsenal distanced themselves from Özil's contribution, possibly because the club pursues commercial interests in China.
Against City, Özil was in the starting lineup, as in every match under interim coach Freddie Ljungberg. The 31-year-old made an imperceptible play and was replaced in the 59th minute.
Arsenal can be taken off guard
It wasn't long before guests were guided. Fernandinho ran the ball all the way through the middle and then sent Gabriel Jesus towards the baseline. The Brazilian kept track and played flat in the back area, where De Bruyne shot the ball unsustainably in goal.
The Belgian was preparing for the 2-0 victory, although Arsenal's defenders had surpassed them, but did not really attack him. De Bruyne used the square and served Sterling in the center, who just had to push it in. Before the break, De Bruyne scored his second goal by placing the ball from full swing with the weaker left foot next to the post. It was almost enough for a hat trick, but Bernd Leno prevented a dream goal from about 20 yards with a flight parade.
Arsenal FC 0-3 Manchester City (0-3)
0: 1 De Bruyne (2nd place)
0: 2 sterling (16.)
0: 3 De Bruyne (40.)
Arsenal: Leno – Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Socratis, Kolasinac (41. Saka) – Guendouzi, Torreira (81st Willock) – Pépé, Özil (59th Smith Rowe), Martinelli – Aubameyang
Manchester: Ederson – Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy – Rodri, Gündogan (70th Mahrez) – Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden (56th B. Silva) – Jesus
Yellow cards: Socratis / Fernandinho, Rodri, B. Silva, Gündogan, Mendy