Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland broke the record for the most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign during his side’s win over Arsenal tonight.
Mohamed Salah held the record with 32 goals in his debut campaign at Liverpool. Haaland scored his 33rd goal in only 29 league appearances against the Gunners.
He is way in front of Harry Kane (24 goals) for the 2022/23 Premier League Golden Boot. He is also the favourite for the European Golden shoe.
Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer share the record for most goals in the entire Premier League era.
They scored 34 in 1993/94 and 1994/95 respectively when the season had 42 matches.
Haaland could break that record with seven games still to play this season.
The 22-year-old emphasised City’s win as he scored the last goal in the dying minutes.
The Norwegian centre-forward deserved the goal after an all-around fantastic striker display.
Critics have pointed at his back-to-goal game, but he delivered a masterpiece in link-up play today.
He held off Arsenal defender Rob Holding before controlling a lofted ball masterfully to set up Kevin De Bruyne for the first goal.
The Belgian playmaker raced clear from the Arsenal defence before firing past a hapless Aaron Ramsdale.
The keeper should have done better for the opener and the Haaland goal. However, the saves he made papered over a poor showing.
Haaland and De Bruyne caused Arsenal endless problems in their 4-4-2 shape.
The Norwegian turned provider in the second half again, setting up De Bruyne. The 31-year-old side-footed the ball through Holding’s legs and beyond Ramsdale.
Holding had a day to forget in defence despite a sweet finish to make the scores 3-1 before the late goal.
Haaland is now up to 49 goals in only 41 matches for Man City, the most of any player at a Premier League club across all competitions.
He has beaten the record of 44 scored by Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002/03 and Salah in 2017/18.
Haaland has also recorded seven assists, showing that he can create too. His hold-up and link-up play has improved massively over the past month.