Kevin De Bruyne hailed Manchester City’s composure in the wake of a hard-fought 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Etihad.
The Belgian midfielder was again at his imperious best for Pep Guardiola’s side, producing another man-of-the-match display and scoring the crucial opening goal which broke the first-half deadlock.
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners played their part in a high-quality game but were always second best to City. Sergio Aguero doubled City’s lead with a second half penalty before Alexandre Lacazette reduced the arrears.
But Gabriel Jesus’s 72nd minute strike secured the three points to ensure a ninth-straight league win and stretch City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table.
And with the league now on hiatus for a fortnight due to the November international break, De Bruyne believes it was another example of City’s belief and mental strength this season.
“We know Arsenal are a quality side but I think we contained them quite well,” said KDB.
“We kept our composure well and it is a great win for us.
“We created more chances and the third goal came at a good time. We should also have scored the second one in the first half.