Arsenal vs Manchester City: When Kevin De Bruyne Shoved Mikel Arteta Ahead of Emirates Showdown

Arsenal vs Manchester City: When Kevin De Bruyne Shoved Mikel Arteta Ahead of Emirates Showdown

Martin Moses
updated at October 8, 2023 at 8:04 AM
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  • Kevin De Bruyne will be a big miss when Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, October 8
  • The Belgian has always been a thorn in the flesh for the Gunners every time he faces them
  • Early this year, he had an altercation with Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium

Any Arsenal fan will tell you that Kevin De Bruyne is the one player they have never had an answer for. The Belgian has scored eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances against the Gunners - the most he has against any opponent.

That's why Mikel Arteta and the legion of Arsenal fans will be happy(to some extent) that the midfielder won't be available when they host Manchester City on October 8.

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Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring against Arsenal in a past game. Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse.
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The 32-year-old suffered a hamstring injury on the opening day of the campaign that rules him out until the end of the year, as reported by Marca. In his absence, Pep Guardiola's side has faired well, losing only once, with Julian Alvarez stepping up immensely.

Last season, the Citizens won home and away, 1-3, at the Emirates before sweeping them away 4-1 in the return leg at the Etihad. De Bruyne grabbed three goals and two assists over the two legs.

When De Bruyne pushed Arteta

But apart from the result at the Emirates, the other thing that stood out was De Bruyne's shove on Arteta. The ball had trickled out of play for a Manchester City throw-in. With De Bruyne eager to get the ball back into play, the Gunners boss stood in his way.

Not taking it lying down, the playmaker shoved the coach, who went off-balance before making a pointing finger at him. Luckily, the situation did not escalate, with the duo downplaying the situation.

Arsenal will be desperate to get one over Manchester City for the first time since 2015 on a day they won't have arguably the best player in their club's history.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)