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Erling Haaland says he will remember his first Premier League success for the rest of his life after helping fire Manchester City to the title.
Having been second best to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal for most of the season, Pep Guardiola’s men swapped places with the Gunners recently.
The North London outfit were on the receiving end of some frustrating results, while Man City kept on winning, thus turning the tide at the top of the table.
Haaland delighted with success
While Arteta has a young and exciting side at his disposal, it falls short of the talent available to Guardiola, who can constantly call upon world-class players when times get tough.
And one such player is lethal striker Haaland, who has fired in a phenomenal 36 goals in his debut campaign in England. He has broken several records along the way, and really doesn’t look like slowing down on the goals front anytime soon.
Man City were increasingly confident of clinching the title as the weeks went on, and it was finally secured at the weekend as Arsenal lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest.
For good measure and to celebrate properly in front of their own fans at the Etihad, Man City then defeated Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday.
Haaland came off the bench late on in the encounter to get a much-deserved taste of the action, with John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri all coming off the bench in the second half, showing just how talented Guardiola’s squad is.
“These are memories I will remember for the rest of my life,” Haaland said after the win against Chelsea, as quoted by the official Man City website. “We’ve been fighting so hard.
“[I feel] unreal. I honestly don’t know what to say. You see me smiling and everything, I’m so happy!”
Phenomenal season for Haaland
Haaland may just be 22 years old, but he is already one of the best players in world football.
Along with his 36 Premier League goals this season, the young Norwegian has netted 12 in the Champions League, three in the FA Cup and one in the League Cup, taking his tally to 52 goals from 50 matches.
It really is an extraordinary record, and one that he can improve upon in the weeks to come.
Man City finish their Premier League campaign with trips to Brighton and Brentford, although their star striker may have to be rested by Guardiola given the other fixtures to come.
The Manchester outfit meet their city rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3, with a week passing by before they meet Inter Milan in the Champions League final.
Regardless of what happens in those matches, it has been a special season for Haaland, who could not have imagined hitting such heights at the Etihad following his summer switch from Borussia Dortmund.
“It’s special,” Haaland added. “I am going to enjoy this day. It’s a special moment with the trophy.
“Without the club this would not be possible. It is amazing. Debut season, 36 goals so far, Premier League trophy and two finals left, not a bad start!”
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