Haaland jokes ‘it’s been 20 minutes since I last scored’ after ending drought
Erling Haaland made light of his longest goalscoring drought as a Manchester City player after netting in Wednesday’s crucial 3-1 Premier League win over Arsenal.
The prolific striker scored City’s third goal at Emirates Stadium to seal a victory that lifted his side above Arsenal at the summit for the first time since November.
Haaland took his tally for the season to 32 goals in 30 games in all competitions, which is seven more than any other player across Europe’s top five leagues.
He now has 26 Premier League goals to his name, already matching Sergio Aguero’s tally from 2014-15 as the most ever by a City player in a single campaign in the competition.
Haaland’s latest strike ended a run of three games without a goal since bagging a hat-trick against Wolves four games ago on January 22.
Asked how he felt after getting back on the scoresheet, Haaland told Amazon Prime: “It’s been 20 minutes since I last got a goal – I have to keep working!”
A Jack Grealish strike restored City’s lead against Arsenal after Bukayo Saka’s penalty had earlier cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne’s opener.
Haaland sealed the win from one of his game-high three attempts as City recorded their 11th successive league victory over the Gunners, who still have a game in hand to play.
City claimed a massive victory despite having just 36 per cent of the ball, which is the lowest possession registered by a Pep Guardiola-managed side in his top-flight career.
“We have to play a little bit more like this sometimes and that is what we did today,” Haaland added. “I am so proud of every guy here and so happy to be here.
“We can all agree [Arsenal] have been the best team this season so to come and play against them is not easy.
“But we played an amazing game and got three really important points. We are in it again.
“I am so happy with everything. We needed this one and now we have to go on a run, because that’s what Manchester City should do.”
Ciy have now won h of their past 23 Premier League games on a Wednesday – the longest winning run on a specific day of the week in the competition’s history.
Next up for Guardiola’s side, who lead the way on goal difference, is a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
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