Man City's Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland shine in dominant 4-1 victory over Arsenal, putting them in pole position for the Premier League title
Manchester City's unstoppable momentum shows no signs of slowing down as they tore apart Arsenal 4-1 in their Premier League title decider at Etihad Stadium with the help of Kevin De Bruyne and Haaland.
The game was billed as a Premier League title decider, but City made a mockery of that suggestion with a display of pure dominance.
Guardiola's side was vastly superior in all areas, and Kevin De Bruyne and Haaland were at the heart of it all.
Pep Guardiola admitted that there was a deliberate ploy in this game to use De Bruyne and Haaland to unlock Arsenal, and it worked to quite devastating effect.
Haaland, who has taken the Premier League by storm this season, showed perfect close control to set up De Bruyne for the first goal after seven minutes.
He then played the Belgian in again for the third goal nine minutes after halftime, extinguishing any hopes of a comeback from Arsenal.
Kevin De Bruyne showed once again that he operates at an elite level in the manner in which he scored those two goals.
He ignored the temptation to go for power in both instances, placing his first beyond the outstretched left arm of Aaron Ramsdale with his right foot.
Then, showing glorious awareness and technique, he placed his second between the legs of defender Rob Holding and into the far corner.
Haaland has improved his all-round game under Guardiola's guidance.
He was relentless, worked tirelessly, and showed a mastery of build-up play and ability to bring others into the game that was a revelation.
Erling Haaland may not have been quite at his ruthless best in front of goal, but his contributions to the team were invaluable.
City's victory now puts the title's destiny in their own hands, and Guardiola believes the next three league games, away to Fulham and at home to West Ham United and Leeds United, may prove pivotal in the title race.
Additionally, City has a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and the derby FA Cup final against Manchester United on their agenda.
Kevin De Bruyne and Haaland will undoubtedly be the key men in City's quest for a historic treble.
And their partnership will be crucial as the season reaches its climax.
City's dominance against Arsenal was a statement of intent, and it is hard to see anyone stopping them now.