For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically hot start to life as a Premier League striker, it’s safe to say that your temptation is now officially unhealthy.
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There is something somewhat boring about knowing the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, the only curiosity is the final number of his final tally, we understand that, but most of what Haaland is doing this season is just wonderful and deserves admiration without special fear.
Haaland’s Premier League-leading 25 goals put him 10 goals clear of his nearest rival: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The Norwegian star has scored 20 goals in a single Premier League season faster than any player in history… by seven games (Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips did it in 21). He is now five goals equal to Kevin Phillips’ record for most goals in his Premier League rookie season.
And the later this season passes with its hitherto predicted record, the fewer shots come with pace markings (especially considering that Haaland was not beaten in the World Cup, as Norway did not participate in the tournament). And while Haaland is currently outperforming expected goal tally, it’s clear that predicting his Premier League record is pretty realistic.
How many records can Haaland break?
Haaland may not be able to score 50 goals given Manchester City’s busy schedule, but the Premier League record is in jeopardy and the figure isn’t entirely absurd. He played in 19 of Manchester City’s 20 games, scoring 25 goals.
Multiply that ratio by 38 games and he gets 47.5 points. Multiply his personal return by 37 games and you get 48.6.
Mohamed Salah holds the season’s record 38 games with 32 goals for Liverpool in 2017/18, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer scored 34 goals in a 42-game season in the last decade 20th century.
Haaland can also break the single-season goalscoring (goals plus assists) record, including breaking the record with 42 games. Alan Shearer scored 47 of 42 and Thierry Henry set a record in 38 games with 44.
Other records that Haaland could legitimately have broken or broken:
- 30 Premier League goals in first season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
- Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool 2017-18)
- Most goals scored in a Premier League match (five out of five)
- 11 Premier League goals in a row (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)
Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season as Haaland look to earn the Golden Boot in his first season in the Premier League.
2022-23 Premier League Golden Boot Race
- Erling Haaland, Manchester City – 25
- Harry Kane, Tottenham – 15
- Ivan Tony, Brentford – 13
- Alexander Mitrovic, Fulham – 11
- Rodrigo, Leeds United – 10
- Miguel Almiron, Newcastle – 9
- Marcus Rashford, Manchester United – 8
- Martin Odegaard, Arsenal – 8th
- Roberto Firmino, Liverpool – 7
- Phil Foden, Manchester City – 7
- James Maddison, Leicester City – 7
- Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – 7
- Leandro Trossart – Brighton/Arsenal – 7
- Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal – 7
- Harvey Barnes, Leicester City – 7
- Bukayo Saka, Arsenal – 7
- Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace – 6
- Pascal Gross, Brighton – 6
- Danny Ings, Aston Villa/West Ham – 6
- Callum Wilson (Newcastle) – 6
- Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal – 5
- Daniel Podens, Wolves – 5
- Darwin Nunez, Liverpool – 5
- Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton – 5
- James Ward-Prowse, Southampton – 5
- Kai Havertz, Chelsea – 5
Sunday’s version of the Arsenal-Manchester United game, the Gunners’ throbbing 3-2 victory at the Emirates Stadium, taught the Premier League a new but familiar lesson.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United has been revived, and fans and neutrals alike will be dreaming that this rivalry will be what it was at the beginning of this century.
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Eddy Nketiah completed his brace with a 90th-minute winner, joining Bukayo Saki’s stunning goal on the scoresheet to eclipse Manchester United’s goals from Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez.
The Gunners just keep playing as top-ranked youngsters Mikel Arteta beat arch rivals Tottenham and now longtime enemies Manchester United in one week to amass 50 points and extend their table lead to five points over “Manchester city”. -arm.
But Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United showed courage after losing to Crystal Palace midweek, battling fatigue before bouncing back. The Red Devils are 39 points behind Newcastle United, who are third on goal difference.
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Arsenal-Manchester United rivalry duly revived (or at least revitalized)
We needed it.
There is a certain non-geographic rivalry in the Premier League that just makes the list complete and for a long time we have been waiting for Arsenal and Manchester United to give us a top four fight with meaning.
Sunday’s clash joins United’s early-season victory, revitalizing the rivalry and allowing fans on both sides – and neutrals alike – to wonder if there’s any hope of Mikel Arteta and Erik ten Hag giving us a mini-Arsene Wenger against Alex Ferguson.
The clash between Bruno Fernandez and Gabriel Magalhaes gave us hints of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira (in different positions, of course), and the fire in the eyes of scorers Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, in particular, showed us what it means to score a goal. big goal in this fixture.
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Arsenal project still slightly ahead of Manchester United
Erik ten Hag doesn’t have all of his pieces, and the distance between the two sides may not be an abyss, but it’s still noticeable.
Even with home advantage, injuries to Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial and, most importantly, Casemiro’s suspension, Arsenal were ready to jump in and United spent most of the day adjusting to the hosts’ dictates.
Tomas Parti and Granit Xhaka limited the still influential Bruno Fernandes and the Gunners had over half the ball plus a significant lead in shot attempts and expected goals.
But Ten Hag’s defense didn’t give much chance to the gifted side, who needed a great Saki goal on their way to the points – there are questions about the defenders at Nketiah’s marker – and Rafael Varane was…