Haaland’s record hits City treble, Arsenal remain perfect
Haaland’s record hits City treble, Arsenal remain perfect

Haaland’s record hits City treble, Arsenal remain perfect

LONDON: Erling Haaland hit a second consecutive hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Nottingham Forest 6-0, while leaders Arsenal extended their perfect start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 win against to Aston Villa on Wednesday.

City and Arsenal set the early pace, but Liverpool take the momentum after pulling out a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Haaland has been off to a torrid start since his £50 million ($58 million) short-season move from Borussia Dortmund, and the Norwegian striker’s latest goalscoring streak has set a Premier League record.

Haaland’s tally of nine goals after his first five appearances is a new record in the Premier League era, beating the previous mark of eight set by City legend Sergio Aguero and Micky Quinn.

Inspired by Haaland’s first-half hat-trick, Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten side held their own at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 19 goals in just five games.

City went ahead in the 12th minute when Phil Foden’s cross reached Haaland, who slotted home from distance.

Haaland, whose father Alfie played for Forest between 1993 and 1997, struck again from close range in the 23rd minute after Foden’s run was stopped by a tackle by Neco Williams who deflected the ball into the Norwegian’s path.

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Haaland was unmanageable for Forest and sealed his hat-trick eight minutes later with a goal-line header after John Stones had nodded across the six-yard box.

Haaland is only the seventh player to score a hat-trick in successive Premier League appearances.

Even with Kevin De Bruyne starting on the bench, the champions were unstoppable and Joao Cancelo curled into the top corner from 20 yards in the 50th minute.

Argentina forward Julian Alvarez celebrated his first Premier League start for City following his move from River Plate with a goal on the hour as the 22-year-old slotted home from Riyad Mahrez’s pass.

Alvarez hit the second in the 87th minute to seal City’s biggest win since a 7-0 thrashing of Leeds in December.

Perfect Arsenal

City are two points behind Arsenal after Mikel Arteta’s side once again showed a tenacity so often lacking from Gunners sides in recent seasons.

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Arsenal struck in the 30th minute thanks to a gift from former goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who pushed Gabriel Martinelli’s gentle cross straight to Gabriel Jesus for a simple finish.

Villa were level when Douglas Luiz’s corner went straight past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in the 74th minute despite the home side’s foul call.

But Arsenal, who came from behind to beat Fulham on Saturday, responded impressively as Martinelli restored the lead three minutes later from Bukayo Saka’s cross.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard, jeered after losing at home to West Ham on Sunday, will be under renewed pressure following his side’s fourth defeat in five games this season.

At Anfield, Liverpool left it late to secure a second win of the season, Fabio Carvalho’s 98th-minute goal hitting Newcastle.

Away striker Alexander Isak rattled Liverpool in the 38th minute of his debut following his £60million move from Real Sociedad, scoring with a superb finish from Sean Longstaff’s pass.

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But building on Saturday’s 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth – which equaled the record for the Premier League’s biggest win – Liverpool equalized when Roberto Firmino headed home Mohamed Salah’s 61st-minute pass.

And well beyond the initial five minutes of stoppage time, Carvalho – a day after his 20th birthday – fired home to spark wild celebrations.

Third-placed Tottenham had to settle for a 1-1 draw at London rivals West Ham.

Antonio Conte’s side took the lead in the 34th minute when Harry Kane’s cross was deflected for an own goal by Hammers defender Thilo Kehrer.

But West Ham equalized 10 minutes into the second half when Tomas Soucek headed home from Michail Antonio’s assist.

Managerless Bournemouth drew 0-0 with Wolves at Dean Court in their first game since the sacking of Scott Parker following the humiliation at Liverpool.

Third-placed Wolves are now winless in their last 12 league games since April.