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Manchester Evening News
Jack Flintham

Which Premier League records could Man City star Erling Haaland break vs Arsenal?

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will break Mohamed Salah's Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game season if he scores against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Haaland has enjoyed a special debut season at the Etihad Stadium so far scoring a whopping 48 goals in 42 appearances. The Norwegian has bagged 32 in the Premier League meaning he is tied with Liverpool's forward for the most goals scored in a 38-game season.

A further goal against league leaders Arsenal would see him surpass Salah and put another record in his sight. Alan Shearer and Andy Cole both hold the overall record for the most goals scored in a single Premier League season (34).

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However, Shearer and Cole achieved their tallies when the division consisted of 22 teams, meaning they played 42 league games. Including the midweek clash at the Etihad, Haaland has eight matches to try and secure both records for himself.

The 22-year-old's form this season has been sensational and has even led to praise from Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney. He claimed in his Times column that Haaland should be awarded the Ballon d'Or this year.

"Erling Haaland is the best footballer in the world right now. Lionel Messi is the greatest but, at this moment, nobody is playing better than a striker who — even though I broke records in that position myself — takes my breath away with the levels he’s reaching," Rooney explained.

"He’s the best in the world because of the numbers he’s posting, the performances he’s putting in and the mentality he shows. If you’re looking at who is going to win the Ballon d’Or then it has got to be him, providing he keeps up his form [for the rest] of this season."

Should he beat the records of Salah, Shearer and Cole, Haaland's next target would be a massive one. If he scores another 12 goals he would match Everton legend Dixie Dean's record of 60 in a single season.

Outside of the eight Premier League matches remaining, City will play in the FA Cup final and face Real Madrid over two legs in the Champions League semi-finals. Therefore, Haaland has another 11 guaranteed games to better Dean's record and potentially one more on top of that, should City overcome Carlo Ancelotti's side in Europe.


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