A Kevin De Bruyne masterclass condemned Arsenal to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at home on Sunday evening.
Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne took less than two minutes to begin the ordeal for Arsenal. An assist to Raheem Sterling was sandwiched between two top class goals and it was only a wondrous effort by Bernd Leno that denied him a well deserved hat-trick.
As far as Arsenal’s performance is concerned, it was nothing short of shameful, with the Gunners lacking any sort of intent or cohesion. And, Arsenal fans sympathized with caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg despite the result, pinning the blame on the team instead.
And believe me, this isn’t the case of “man takes job because he needs a job”. Freddie loves this club. He wants the best for it. Every interview shows that. So much so, that he’s risked his future as a coach taking this job on with only the Academy director as support staff.
— a (@chiefdouzi) December 15, 2019
Has to be frustrating for Freddie. Hand tied on really doing anything meaningful but also expected to get results in the meantime.
— Kevin Dineen (@gunnerdineen) December 15, 2019
When Arsenal used to lose, it would ruin my mood for days afterwards. Now, I don’t feel anything. I go in expecting a poor performance and result. We come out with a poor performance and result. The majority of the players don’t care. The owner doesn’t care. It’s genuinely awful.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) December 15, 2019
Probably hasn’t been mentioned enough that head coaches usually work with an entire team of coaches around them and Ljungberg is just having to do this with the club’s Academy boss. https://t.co/okToP1SCox
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) December 15, 2019
Freddie Ljungberg is a great guy, will make a great career in coaching. Came into the club when it was in its worst ever run in 42 years without proper coaching staff. He’s tried and has found something close to our best 11. Think today was his last game – Thank you Freddie ❤
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) December 15, 2019
Ljungberg in the changing room https://t.co/IF61PVCHXu
— Jake (@YNBJake) December 15, 2019
Defence was once again subjected to intense scrutiny by Arsenal fans, who chastised other players as well.
The shirt is too heavy for so many of these players at this football club. Man City are of course a level above us right now, however some of these player lacked some real fight and desire today.
You can’t blame Freddie, until we sort out the defence no manager can do any better.
— now.arsenal (@now_arsenaI) December 15, 2019
— Babson Papaye (@Babsonpapaye) December 15, 2019
— Nungua🇬🇭ChanceTheRapper🇺🇸 (@yahoudinii) December 15, 2019
i feel sorry for Bernd Leno😢 he trying to keep a clean sheet with the worst defence. i can’t imagine without him what our team is like. great and good save from Leno in the match against Man City.👌👏
— sih.asih (@asihsukmaa) December 15, 2019
£17m for Sokratis instead of £19m for Soyuncu and £3m for Evans.
— Paddy (@VieiraPaddy) December 15, 2019
Arsenal’s defence every time Man City attack pic.twitter.com/f1xWsUCySW
— AFCBeef (@AFCBeef) December 15, 2019
Best part of today is that Sokratis got suspended. The 3-0 is almost worth it.
— 🎄Wayne-Mas🎅 (@Wayne_Writes) December 15, 2019
Another player who got on the wrong end of Arsenal fans’ ire was Mesut Ozil, who endured a tough evening against Manchester City.
Ozil’s best kick of the game – to his glove. pic.twitter.com/1ANnMKGrCe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 15, 2019
Ozil put more effort into that kick than he’s done for his whole arsenal career🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/sThQBVd2Ix
— Gooner Adam 🔴⚪️ (@AdzCampbell91) December 15, 2019
Yeah, it’s time for Ozil to call it a day. He’s beyond finished at this level
— Tom (@CynicalLive) December 15, 2019