Erling Haaland says that Manchester City are hunting Arsenal down in the Premier League title race after Wednesday night’s win at Leeds United.
City recorded a 3-1 win at Elland Road in their first league game since the end of the World Cup, with Haaland bagging a second-half brace after Rodri had opened the scoring just before the break.
The result means the Citizens have moved back to second in the table, five points off Arsenal, as they look to become the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to win three Premier League titles in a row.
But the Gunners have been in formidable form this season and in their Boxing Day win over West Ham they showed no signs of slowing down, even without star striker Gabriel Jesus.
Yet City are well known for turning up the heat in the second-half of a campaign, having come from being behind at Christmas to win the title in 2014, 2019 and 2021.
Haaland’s brace against Leeds means he has broken the record for the fewest number of games needed to reach 20 Premier League goals, achieving the feat in just 14 appearances.
“We have to hunt Arsenal. I have a [goal] target but I cannot say it!“ he was quoted on Metro.
“I just said inside the dressing room that I could have scored five but the most important thing is that we won. I could have scored a couple more but that’s life and I have to train more.
“I’ve been at home, a bit mad that I’ve not been at the World Cup. I recharged my batteries. Watching other people score to win games at the World Cup triggered, motivated and irritated me. I’m more hungry than ever.”