'Absolutely amazing': Roy Keane makes Haaland & Arsenal claim as 8-point lead opens up
Roy Keane says the season is ‘not over’ after Arsenal opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, whilst he praised the ‘absolutely amazing’ Erling Haaland who is making goalscoring look ‘easy’ for Manchester City.
It’s probably a blessing in disguise for Mikel Arteta’s men, but whilst Haaland scored goal number eight in two matches as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City thrashed Burnley 6-0 in the FA Cup, their titles rivals were breezing past Crystal Palace 24 hours later in the Premier League.
Yes, Manchester City have a game in hand now, but those in north London have points on the board.
Whilst Arteta rested some of his big guns when Arsenal were booted out of the Europa League by Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night, a certain Haaland started against Championship high-flyers, Burnley on Saturday.
In midweek, the 22-year-old scored a remarkable five goals as Manchester City thrashed RB Leipzig in the Champions League, but rather than rest him for the weekend ahead of the international break, Guardiola threw his goal-crazy summer signing back into the deep end against a second-tier side.
Nonetheless, before Manchester United’s FA Cup win over Fulham, Roy Keane was discussing Haaland’s form on ITV Sport, as Arsenal’s win over Palace also got a mention.
“I still think he (Haaland) has gone to the wrong club,” joked Keane. “It’s brilliant. He was a born goalscorer. He’s at the right club, with the right manager and the right team. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.”
Mark Pougatch added: “You all know what it’s like. We are in March, now it starts. Arsenal won today in the league, which is good for them, they know that those hooves they can hear, Cheltenham is over because it’s Manchester City.”
Keane responded: “Of course, we also mention there about Haaland. We have to remind people, the hardest part of football is scoring goals. It’s the hardest part. Defending can be easy, tackling and hitting people.
“But putting the ball into the back of the net is the hardest and he’s doing it for fun. The season is not over yet. This is crunch time now. This is where the season really kicks in.”
POINTS ON THE BOARD
The pressure ball is in Man City’s court because Arsenal have the points on the board and an eight-point lead at the top.
This will allow the players to relax a little more, especially given that the current champions will play Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool when domestic football returns after the international break on April 1.
So, by the time the Gunners kick off against Leeds United, they could possibly open up an 11-point lead, which would be a crazy amount in April.
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