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Erling Haaland’s supreme ‘inner belief’ in front of goal is reminiscent of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, according to Gunners title winner


Erling Haaland’s supreme confidence in front of goal is reminiscent of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, talkSPORT have said.

The Manchester City striker continued his scary start to the season with a jaw-dropping acrobatic finish against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

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Haaland only needs one touch per game to win it

And that confidence is reminiscent of Gunners hero Wright

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And that confidence is reminiscent of Gunners hero Wright

Haaland now has 13 goals in nine games to start the season and his stunning comeback is even more impressive considering how little contact the 22-year-old has with the ball.

But it’s a huge advantage of his game according to former Arsenal winger and talkSPORT host Perry Groves, who says not all strikers have the confidence to keep waiting for the ball to come their way.

He explained: “Everyone keeps pointing out that he only got 11 touches or only 12, but nine times out of 10 he scored one or two, so it doesn’t matter how many touches.

“He doesn’t go looking for it, he doesn’t go out behind the scenes, he doesn’t go deep, you know when you’re looking for him to get involved and all of a sudden you go ‘where is your center forward?’ so he has this inner belief.

“We talked off the air about when I was playing with Wrighty, Ian Wright, when he came to the Gooners he used to, in games, if he missed a chance he would verbally run around being a pain for the central halves.

“[Wright would say] “I’m going to score in a minute, don’t give me another chance, I’ll score”, he would slaughter the wingers, try in midfield, “put the ball in the box”.

15. Ian Wright (Arsenal and West Ham) recorded a minutes-to-goal ratio of 157.35 in the Premier League

Wright wouldn’t go for the ball, knowing that as long as it came to him, he would put it away


“He was scoring and saying ‘I told you, look at me again because I think I’m going to score a hat-trick today’.

” In her head [Haaland is] thinking exactly the same, “you give me half a chance, and I’ll score”.

“I loved his interview afterwards when they said ‘they kinda shut you up’ and he said ‘I scored, they didn’t shut me up’.”



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