Erling Holland is taking English football by storm.
Back and forth hat tricks. Nine goals in five games. No player has ever made a better debut for the Premier League than the great Norwegian striker.
Holland’s last three goals came in the first half City beat Nottingham Forest 6-0 On Tuesday, three days later, a similar victory was achieved in the second half against Crystal Palace.
City were banking on Haaland being the heir to long-time striker Sergio Aguero and it already looks like that may be the case.
Aguero previously held the record for most goals in a player’s first five Premier League appearances, with eight shared by former Coventry striker Mike Quinn (from the early 1990s). Holland has done it well, and surely more scoring records will fall if he keeps it up.
For example, could he become the first player to score 40 goals in a single top-flight campaign in England since Tottenham’s Jimmy Greaves in 1960-60?
“What Holland wants is to win titles,” Guardiola said of the striker, who scored with his left foot, right foot and header against Forest. “Knowing him, he won’t be happy to break the record if we don’t win titles.
“Sergio is a legend – no one can beat his place in the hearts of Man City fans. But Erling has the quality to be there.”
City are hot favorites to win the Premier League with Holland leading the line and are unbeaten with four wins from five games.
Even its backup strikers are scoring, with Julian Alvarez – an off-season arrival from Rovers’ plate – marking his debut with two goals in the second half. Joao Cancelo also scored with a blast from outside the box.
Still, the heroes are not high. That honor rests with Arsenal.
Arsenal matched their best ever start to a Premier League season after recording a fifth win in a row to open the season. Beat Aston Villa 2-1.
Gabriel Martinelli’s 77th-minute goal secured victory at the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal hit back with a direct corner from Douglas Luiz, who also scored in the English League Cup last week. worked
It came against the run of play, with Arsenal dominating the game but only having Gabriel Jesus’ 30th-minute goal – his third of the season – to show for it.
“That’s the spirit we have to keep for the whole season,” Martinelli said.
Villa have lost four of their five games, leaving manager Steven Gerrard under pressure.
Late, late goal
Liverpool struggled to keep up with the blistering pace set by Arsenal and City, needing an eighth-minute stoppage-time goal from Fabio Carvalho to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Newcastle.
Alexander Isak gave Newcastle the lead in the 38th on his first since moving from Real Sociedad for a club-record fee on Friday and had a second goal disallowed by a limited offside call.
Roberto Firmino headed home Mohamed Salah’s cross to eventually equalize before a corner from the penalty box lifted the ball over Salah’s shoulder and Carvalho – signed from Fulham in the summer – Reacted quickly to burn on the roof. pure
“I’m not sure everyone in the stadium believes it but after this we have to.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “What a wonderful goal from the little one.”
It was the second straight win for Liverpool, who started the season without a win in their first three games.
Tottenham remained unbeaten after one game 1-1 tie At West Ham, for whom club-record signing Lucas Paqueta missed the chance to score a late winner on his debut.
West Ham manager David Moyes said before kick-off that Paqueta had not given his new teammates the ball as much after completing his 52 million pound ($61.6 million) switch from Lyon on Monday.
With four minutes remaining, Vladimir Kuffle pulled the ball back and Paquita – a 67th-minute substitute – joined new signing Emerson Palmieri as they left each other 10 meters from goal. The shooting brought Moyes down to his knees on the touchline.
An own goal from Thelo Kehir gave Tottenham the lead before Tomas Sosek equalised.
In another game, Bournemouth drew 0-0 at home to Wolverhampton WanderersTwo days after manager Scott Parker was fired.