Having ended a seven-game Premier League winless run in their previous outing against West Ham, Arsenal were outclassed in the first half by the Cityzens and the contest was over before the break. It is a run of just one win in the Premier League for them since early October.
De Bruyne was the star of the show, scoring twice himself and assisting the other City goal for Raheem Sterling. Speaking after the game, the Belgian international revealed why he and his teammates were able to cause so much damage to Arsenal.
And it doesn’t make good reading for Gunners fans.
De Bruyne essentially explained that as soon as City beat the initial press from the Arsenal forwards, the attackers offered no more defensive help to their teammates.
Only teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli was prepared to track back and help out, whereas Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe did not.
“The attackers try to press up but when we pass their front four they don't help the Arsenal defence. They always stay with four up front, except Martinelli who comes a little bit more so we always get spaces all over the pitch,” De Bruyne told the television cameras after the game.
“I think it’s really difficult for the six defenders to control it because obviously you can come from everywhere on the pitch.”
Ozil received particular flak from the home fans when he was substituted in the second half. The 2014 World Cup winner slowly trudged from the pitch when his number was flashed up on the board. There was no sense of urgency, despite supporters being desperate for them to at least try to mount some sort of comeback, or even put a dent in the 3-0 deficit.