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Erling Haaland helps champions keep heat on Arsenal in title race

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Manchester City moved back to within a point of leaders Arsenal at the Premier League summit as Erling Haaland got back on the scoresheet during a routine 2-0 victory at Nottingham Forest.

Haaland was a second-half substitute and his introduction helped Pep Guardiola’s side motor to victory as he latched onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to thunder home his 21st league goal of the season.

By then, Josko Gvardiol had already headed City in front from a De Bruyne corner (32), on an afternoon which at times looked uncomfortable for the defending champions but was ultimately negotiated with minimal fuss.

Ederson left the City Ground with his left arm in a sling after coming off at half-time following a collision with Willy Boly – but it was the only sour point on a day Guardiola oversaw his 300th Premier League game in charge.

Arsenal survived a second-half response from Tottenham earlier on Super Sunday to complete a north London derby double for the season and ensure they would remain top of the Premier League table until at least next Saturday.

But, placed once more in the position of chasers in this engrossing battle, City came up with the answers in the Midlands, where they have previously lost to Wolves and Aston Villa this season.

If they continue to do so in their final four games, they will be crowned Premier League champions for an unprecedented fourth time in a row.

Haaland said: “It’s an important win, it does not matter how we do it, and it is good to be back. We knew it was going to be a fight, and the pitch was not the easiest to play on but we cannot complain, it is about winning and that is exactly what we did.

Souurce – N Forest 0 – 2 Man City – Match Report & Highlights (skysports.com)