Who can stop Erling Haaland? The Manchester City striker continued his freakish record in front of goal, scoring in the 4-0 win over Southampton, making it 20 goals in 12 games across all competitions.
It’s only October, but Haaland already has four more league goals than Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League last season. The Norwegian was set to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, but the game was postponed last month due to the Gunners’ Europa League commitments and an unprecedented fixture pile-up.
Haaland has claimed a goal contribution in every game he’s played in a City shirt, meaning that every defence he’s come up against have failed in their attempts to stop him. If anybody is going to stop Haaland, it might just be William Saliba, who has arguably been the best defender in the Premier League so far this season.
Saliba will have to wait for his battle against one of Europe’s most prolific strikers, with Arsenal’s clash with City yet to be rescheduled. However, he has already been told how to deal with the 22-year-old.
Martin Keown has been giving tips to Premier League defenders on how to deal with Haaland. The former Gunners centre-back says he’d do his best to wind up the striker.
“I would have been in his ear, telling him how poor he was,” Keown told Football Focus. “Your self-esteem has to be massive. You have to be on top of it, but I’ll be bumping into him.
Some of those runs he makes, he’ll have to run around me or through me because he’s not going to get to that ball because it has been made too easy for him.”