Erling Haaland Fires Back at Critics Over His Style of Play Amid EPL Battle With Arsenal

Erling Haaland Fires Back at Critics Over His Style of Play Amid EPL Battle With Arsenal

Martin Moses
updated at May 11, 2024 at 6:57 AM
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  • Erling Haaland has told off critics, insisting that he is happy with his style of play
  • The Manchester City star has been on the spot for offering very little in build-up
  • He is still the top scorer in the league despite missing more than a month with injury

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Erling Haaland has responded to recent criticism of his general game play. The Manchester City forward has been under intense scrutiny this year due to his contribution in other phases of play.

The striker took England by storm last season, scoring 52 goals in 53 appearances to help his side win the treble. He hasn't registered similar numbers this season, but he still leads the top scorer charts with 25 goals.

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Erling Haaland in action for Manchester City against Wolves on May 4, 2024. Photo by Matt McNulty.
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Roy Keane tore into the Norwegian after Manchester City's goalless draw with Arsenal at the end of March. The Manchester United legend called him a 'League Two Player' who offered nothing else on the pitch apart from scoring.

In an interview with Men In Blazers podcast, Haaland hit back at his detractors about the number of touches he often has in a game, calling out the double standards when he fails to score.

"There has always been this discussion on how many times I should touch the ball. Nobody talks about this when I score, but when I don't, people start to mention my touches."

Haaland: My job is to score goals

The 23-year-old reiterated that his work was to score goals for the team and not drop deep and help dictate play.

"I just have to focus on what I should do on the pitch. My job isn't to be like Rodri and control a game; it's being in the box and finishing the attacks."

The Pep Guardiola-coached side are second on the Premier League table with 82 points, having played a game less than leaders Arsenal. They face Fulham this weekend before playing Tottenham away in midweek. They will wrap up their campaign against West Ham at home next week as they hope to lift a record-breaking fourth consecutive title.

Arsenal's record at Old Trafford favours Man City

Sports Brief has also reported about Arsenal's poor record at Old Trafford ahead of their clash against Manchester United on May 12.

Arsenal have only won once in their last 16 visits to Manchester in what could be a boost to Manchester City's title hopes.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)