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Manchester City 5–1 Wolves, Premier League 2023–24: Erling Haaland scores four goals as Citizens close gap on leaders Arsenal

Erling Haaland goal celebration for Manchester City (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ManCity)

Erling Haaland scored four goals in a sensational performance to lead Manchester City to a decisive 5-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium to move within one point of the Premier League summit. The Norwegian was at his unstoppable best as he converted two penalties and an incredible header to seal a ninth City hat-trick before the half-time whistle blew. He then added the fourth eight minutes to the second period to restore City’s three-goal lead, moments after Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan had scored, Manchester City’s website reported. Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth, Premier League 2023-24: Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Declan Rice on target as Gunners extend lead at the top.

Late substitute Julian Alvarez – making his 100th City appearance – added further sparkle to the scoreline with a fifth in the closing stages. Pep Guardiola’s side have now gone 20 league matches without defeat and, with one more match against leaders Arsenal, are just three wins away from a record fourth consecutive top-flight title.

Earlier on Saturday, Arsenal recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side temporarily moved four points clear at the top, but Man City cut the gap to one point by beating Wolves 5-1 later in the day to have a game in hand. Ipswich Town return to the Premier League after 22 years, becoming the first team to achieve back-to-back promotions since 2012.

After controlling the first half, Arsenal broke the deadlock after 44 minutes when Bukayo Saka scored his 20th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot after Mark Travers had felled Kai Havertz. After the break, Leandro Trossard doubled the lead and put Gunners firmly in control. VAR remained busy throughout, disallowing further efforts from Antoine Semenyo and Gabriel before Declan Rice added a late third to seal a fourth successive win.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 5, 2024 1:20 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website