“Erling Haaland Was Outmuscled” – Manchester City Star’s Struggles Exposed After Humbling at Arsenal’s Hands

Published 10/09/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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Erling Haaland has now gone goalless in his last 3 appearances for Manchester City. The Norwegian is missing Kevin De Bruyne who acts as the supply machine for the striker. Pep Guardiola too misses his key players DeBruyne and Rodri as he’s unable to find a replacement who can control games for him. Former Scottish player turned pundit shared his views on Haaland and stated the reason for Haaland’s goal-scoring drought.

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Pep Guardiola looked disheartened in the post-match interview as he clearly understood the team’s shortcomings. Erling Haaland and Kyle Walker’s frustration also got the better of them as they got involved in an ugly bust-up after their defeat against Arsenal.

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The absence of Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne has come back to haunt City yet again. Pep’s team looked clueless in their tie against Arsenal While Mikel Arteta took the best of his chances as City were left upset at the Emirates Stadium. Craig Burley, a former Premier League icon and now a pundit, shared his take on City’s performance against Arsenal while focusing on Haaland being invisible in the game.

Former Chelsea player, Craig Burley, explained why Haaland is not able to score at his usual rate, as he said, “In a big match, it has to be said that Erling Haaland was outmuscled in this game. It might have been different in Bundesliga but in the Premier League Haaland needs a supply chain to score goals.”

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Burley continued to explain, “He’s not getting the ball turning and beating three players and putting in the top corner certainly not against the better teams so when the others are not supplying him, he’s very quiet, he goes very quiet for long periods in these big games.” 

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Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri have been the heart and soul of Manchester City. Without De Bruyne’s usual assists to Haaland, the Norwegian is having a difficult time finding the net. Julian Alvarez had earlier managed to counter Haaland’s shortcomings but his magic didn’t work against Arsenal. Following the match, Kyle Walker and Haaland were involved in an ugly bust-up with an Arsenal staff member.

City’s Kyle Walker and Erling Haaland involved in post-match bust-up

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A heated clash took place between Erling Haaland and Kyle Walker, and Arsenal’s set-piece coach, Nicolas Jover. The incident unfolded following Arsenal’s significant victory over Manchester City, a result that could potentially sway the Premier League title race.

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In a surprising turn of events, Nicolas Jover extended a handshake to Kyle Walker but the gesture was rebuffed by the City player. This rejection ignited a confrontation involving Walker, Haaland, and Jover, with verbal exchanges persisting even after they were separated.

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The post-match bust-up between Kyle Walker, Erling Haaland, and Nicolas Jover has added an extra layer of intrigue to Arsenal’s pivotal win over Manchester City. As the Premier League title race hangs in the balance, the incident captured on camera underscores the intense competition and emotions that come with top-tier football matches.

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Neil Banerjee

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Neil Banerjee is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in media studies, he possesses a deep appreciation for the intricacies, the strategies and the awe-inspiring nature of the beautiful game, firmly believing that a variety of factors underpin each match. As a devoted Chelsea fan, Neil's passion extends to diving into the stories that surround the club and finding intriguing narratives.
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