To Pep Guardiola, attack has long felt like the best form of defence and, when the Manchester City manager can call on Kevin De Bruyne in form such as this, it makes perfect sense. City’s title defence has foundered on problems at the back but they did not have to worry about anything in defensive terms at the Emirates. Those concerns belonged to Freddie Ljungberg and Arsenal, during a performance of weakness, looseness and naivety.

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