Arsene Wenger has praised Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday, with the Belgian player one of the standout performers in this season’s Premier League.
Arsenal fell to a hugely embarrassing defeat at the hands of Ostersunds on Thursday night. The Sweedish side took a 2-0 lead in the game as they threatened to claim the shock of all shocks in the Europa League, with Arsenal’s 3-0 lead from the first-leg almost entirely eradicated.
Arsene Wenger’s team talk clearly worked quite well as Sead Kolasinac struck early in the second-half to make it 2-1 on the night. The goal clearly knocked the confidence of the away side with the aggregate score ending 4-2, although Ostersunds will be hugely proud of claiming a victory over the Premier League side at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal must now turn their attention to their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday, with the first piece of silverware of the season on the line.
The Gunners’ opponents come in the form of a City side that have been outstanding all season. Wenger’s men face a huge test to defeat them, and they will have to stop Kevin De Bruyne if they are to stand a chance.
On the Belgian midfielder, Wenger told Sky Sports: “He has developed exceptionally well. He is one of Manchester City’s biggest strengths, of course. He has become a very complete player, he is the modern midfielder for me”.
“He is decisive in the final third and he works hard. He is left-footed, right-footed and he is a fighter as well. Overall I am not surprised”.
Arsenal’s midfield has struggled this season, and the contrast between Wenger’s players and De Bruyne is massive. However, anything can happen over the course of 90 minutes, and if they can stunt De Bruyne’s influence, then they will stand a much better chance of winning the final on Sunday.