Manchester City demolished Nottingham Forest 6-0, with Erling Haaland scoring a hat-trick for the second time in as many games, while Arsenal maintained their unbeaten beginning to the English Premier League season as they won 2-1 over Aston Villa, this Wednesday.
Arsenal and City have been the early pace setters, but Liverpool is gaining ground after a last-minute 2-1 win over Newcastle.
Erling Haaland Is Enjoying A Great Start
Erling Haaland has had a scorching start since joining City from Borussia Dortmund in the recent transfer season for £50 million ($58 million), and his recent goal outburst has established a record in the Premier League.
Haaland’s nine goals in his first 5 Premier League games set a new record, breaking the old total of 8 goals set by City legends Micky Quinn and Sergio Aguero.
Pep Guardiola’s undefeated team ran wild at their Etihad Stadium, scoring 19 goals in only five games, inspired by Haaland’s first-half triple.
City took the lead in the 12th minute with a cross from Phil Foden being met by Haaland, who scored from short range.
Erling Haaland, whose dad Alfie was a Forest player from 1993 to 1997, scored again from a short range in minute number 23 after a run from Foden came to a halt due to a challenge by Neco Williams. It redirected the football into the path of the Norwegian.
Haaland was unstoppable for Forest, and he completed his hat trick 8 minutes later courtesy of a header from almost on the line of the goal after John Stones headed over the 6-yard box.
Haaland is now the fifth player in Premier League history to score consecutive hat-tricks in three consecutive games.
Even without Kevin De Bruyne, the champions did not seem to have a weakness, with Joao Cancelo curling into the top corner in minute number 50 from a distance of 20 yards.
Julian Alvarez, 22, of Argentina, scored his first goal in the Premier League for City after joining from River Plate around the hour mark, slotting home an assist by Riyad Mahrez.
Alvarez scored his second goal in the 87th minute to give City its greatest win since a 7-0 thrashing of Leeds in December.