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Manchester City receive title race boost with return of Erling Haaland

The 22-year-old Norwegian star has come to life during his inaugural Premier League season, with his 28 goals topping the chart and desperately needed should the holding champions have a chance of catching Arsenal

Premier League champions Manchester City face the arduous task of hunting down high-flying Arsenal for the remainder of the 2022-23 league campaign after Mikel Arteta’s young hot shots have unexpectedly risen to the top of the pile amidst a campaign that could end in an unexpected title.

To successfully end a title drought that has existed for nearly twenty years, the Gunners will have to keep their wits about them if they are to outpace Pep Guardiola’s hegemonic Citizens, who have topped the Premier League in four of the last five seasons. That possibility has gotten more difficult today after star striker Erling Haaland has returned to training.

The 22-year-old goal machine had suffered another injury setback after picking up a hamstring injury, missing the club’s recent 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool during an attacking clinic that proved the club can still get on without the Norwegian if needed.

But few, if any, will complain at the prospect of seeing the league’s leading scorer back in Guardiola’s preferred XI after the former Borussia Dortmund wunderkind has taken like a fish to water in his first Premier League campaign, scoring 28 goals while dispelling the notion that players from the Bundesliga are unable to kick on in the top flight of English football.

With City still yet to face Arsenal in their second league clash on 26 April, Haaland will also be fit to feature against Southampton, Leicester City, Fulham, West Ham United, Leeds United, Everton, Chelsea, Brighton, and Brentford.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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