England: Haaland scores hat-trick for City but Arsenal beat United

Erling Haaland has the goal machine humming again, with the Norwegian scoring three goals in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Wolverhampton on matchday 21 of the Premier League, but Arsenal…

Erling Haaland has the goal machine humming again, the Norwegian scored three goals in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Wolverhampton on matchday 21 of the Premier League, but Arsenal later managed to tame United (3-2).

. “Arsenal” is fighting with “Manchester United”.

Against a struggling Manchester United, Arsenal secured a precious and deserved victory at the end of a breathless match.

With 50 points, the “gunners” regain a 5-point lead over their closest pursuer with one game in hand, while the “Red Devils” remain in 4th place with 39 points.

It’s also the Londoners’ best points tally after 19 games in their history, a finding that Mikel Arteta refuses to flaunt.

“It’s great and we deserve to be where we’re playing. But there’s a lot we can do better,” explained the coach on Sky Sports’ microphone.

“I know my team, I know where we are, I know where we want to go and we are still a long way from it,” he added at the press conference.

Deprived of metronome Casemiro, penalized in midfield, United long believed in a draw despite suffering in their own half for much of the second half, but Arsenal never let up.

The visitors managed to open the scoring with Marcus Rashford’s fine strike from 23 yards (0-1, 17th), but Arsenal responded immediately to equalize when Granit Xhaka’s cross completely missed the head of Eddie Nketiah. Aaron Wan-Bissaka from behind (1-1, 24th).

At the beginning of the second half, the opposite scenario, when Bukayo Saka easily got rid of Christian Eriksen, sent a shot out of the reach of David De Gea, who was waiting on the side from 22 meters (2-1, 53).

But the joy was short-lived for the Londoners, who saw their keeper tackle Takehiro Tomiyasu from a corner after Aaron Ramsdale saved past Rashford (55), allowing Lisandro Martinez to head home the winner (2). -2, 59).

Arsenal could have made it three points with Saka hitting the post or Xia’s stunning reflex save from Nketiah from 7 yards.

But it wasn’t until the final minute that the acrobatic back-heel Nketiah found his mistake again (3-2, 90th), without a few minutes of flurry suggested by VAR for possible offside.

The success confirms the Gunners, who will face City in the last 16 of the FA Cup at the Etihad in five days’ time, this time in the league, before hosting them at the Emirates on February 15.

. The Halland reactor ignited again

The Citizens, whose football has stuttered a bit since the resumption of the Championship, started again from the second half against Tottenham on Thursday, with Haaland’s first achievement of 2023, where they went from 0-2 to 4-2. triple.

City, who have continued since Julen Lopetegui’s arrival on the bench against Wolves, have shown patience even though they are still only 17th.

Early attempts by Haaland, Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan or Rodri either failed to find the frame or resulted in Jose San flashing into the cages.

But in the first perfectly executed move, Kevin de Bruyne’s spontaneous pass that was found by Riyad Mahrez was won by Haaland, who was the highest of all at the far post (1-0, 40).

Haaland added a penalty (2-0, 50th) and a third goal with Mahrez’s spawn, Sa sent the ball directly (3-0, 54th), before leaving just after the hour mark with a sense of duty.

It is his fourth hat-trick in 19 league games, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s previous record being 65 matches.

And only Alan Shearer has scored more hat-tricks in a season (5) in 1996-1997.

With 25 goals, Haaland has already surpassed the number of last year’s top scorers, Son Heung-min and Mohamed Salah (23).

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