Erling Haaland scored his 35th Premier League goal of the season as Man City beat West Ham at the Etihad to return to the top of the table.
The prolific striker is the first player to score 35 goals in one season during the Premier League era. His scoring record for City across all competitions is now 51 goals in 45 outings.
The Hammers made life difficult for the Premier League title favourites during the first half and the home side were far from their scintillating best.
But Man City were able to break the deadlock shortly after half-time. Riyad Mahrez’s cross from a free-kick was headed into the net by Nathan Ake.
West Ham performed admirably at the Etihad and they were gradually growing into the game before City doubled their lead with 20 minutes to go.
City punished West Ham for losing possession as Jack Grealish expertly played in Haaland, who chipped the ball into the net past Lukasz Fabianski.
Phil Foden’s deflected shot late on made it 3-0 and this victory lifts Man City back above Arsenal once again. As things stand, Pep Guardiola’s side will be four points clear at the top if they win their remaining game in hand.
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