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Erling Haaland ‘enjoying’ title race with Arsenal

Haaland’s goal against Palace keeps City behind Arsenal.

Manchester City's Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (R) celebrates with Manchester City's Dutch defender Nathan Ake(L) after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park in south London on March 11, 2023. - Manchester City won the game 1-0. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Erling Haaland’s second-half penalty earned Manchester City a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Haaland sent Palace keeper Vicente Guaita the wrong way before sprinting over to the travelling City fans. He could have made it 2-0 soon after but couldn’t get his head over a Jack Grealish cross. The winning goal on a wet day in the capital was Haaland’s 28th Premier League strike of the season.

The narrow win in London made it five victories from the last six league games for the Manchester outfit and keeps the pressure on leaders Arsenal, with a gap of just two points between the sides. Mikel Arteta’s men take on Fulham on Sunday, with City set to go head-to-head with the Gunners at the Etihad on 26 April.

“With this gap, we just have to focus on ourselves,” Haaland told City’s official website.

“We have them (Arsenal) at home and a lot of games left to play still. Nothing is decided yet. I enjoy it (title race), this is England, this is what I’ve been watching my entire life.

“I enjoy every single second of it. It’s good to be in the middle of it.”

Proud of performance

The City striker was proud of the team’s display against Palace.

He added: “In the end everything that matters is the three points, to win games and to keep performing.

“It’s not easy. You saw Bournemouth beat Liverpool today. Every game is a fight, you saw that today, we fought and won and I’m happy. It’s my job and I enjoy every single second. It’s nice.”