​Who would be an Arsenal fan, eh?


You go into a game against the wounded defending champions off the back of a morale-boosting victory on the road, feeling perhaps that it could be the game on which your season turns 180 degrees and starts heading in the right direction again. 


Then Kevin 'Best Player in the ​Premier League' de Bruyne turns up and you're 3-0 down and booing your team with all you have by 6.15pm. 



In truth, the 3-0 defeat was by no means the worst performance ​Arsenal will have all season, but they found themselves second best to a ​City side who were reeling from a Manchester Derby defeat last time out. 


They had to win to keep any chance of retaining their Premier League title alive, and they had the lead within 90 seconds after a spectacular half-volleyed finish from the Belgian. 



The midfielder was in the mood, and put the Gunners to the sword in one of the best individual 45 minutes you are likely to see from a player this season. 


He'd assist Raheem Sterling for the second goal on 15 minutes, and then add a third with a terrific left-footed effort that secured the win - with 50 minutes of football still to play. 

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He was then denied a hat-trick by Bernd Leno, who sprung to tip a goal-bound, curling effort onto the post - a move some thought was quite frankly disrespectful.

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The first half was hugely entertaining but the second gave us precious little, allowing Gunners fans to reflect on their misery in the peace and quiet as City saw it out. 


The main incident of note from an Arsenal perspective came when Mesut Ozil was substituted, and though it wasn't quite a Granit Xhaka-esque flashpoint, he found himself booed by his own fans as he left the field - and didn't react too kindly. 



It wasn't all negatives from an Arsenal standpoint, however. They were simply overrun by a far superior team, and though impressive individual performances were few and far between, young forward Gabriel Martinelli caught the eye with his commitment to the cause in difficult circumstances. 


Perhaps an indication that the future is bright, even if the present isn't. 




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