…Haaland’s 50th of the season and Alvarez’s wonder strike enough to take Manchester City top of the Premier League table.

Pep Guardiola is certain his City players are experienced enough to win the Premier League title by themselves and will not require Churchillian boost to keep Arsenal at bay.

Manchester City beat Fulham 2-1 to leapfrog Arsenal and go top of the Premier League table after recording yet another impressive victory under pressure.

City won a penalty inside 90 seconds when Julian Alvarez was brought down by Tim Ream. Erling Haaland stepped up to thump home City’s opener and score his 50th goal in all competitions this season.

Marco Silva’s side equalised with their first big chance of the afternoon when Harry Wilson intelligently nodded the ball into the path of Carlos Vinicius, who smashed his effort past Ederson and into the back of the net, Eurosport Sport reports.

City stepped up their pursuit for a goal, and on 28 minutes Jack Grealish thought he had fired his side back ahead but his curling effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Bernd Leno.

Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead with 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Leno was on hand with two stunning saves to keep Fulham in the game just four minutes apart in the second half, the first was a reaction save to his right to deny Haaland before pulling off a similar stop to thwart Alvarez to his left.

City controlled large periods of the second half as they looked to score a third goal to kill off the contest but had to settle for a nervy ending as they won 2-1.

After a 10-week absence from the top spot, Manchester City are back at the summit of the Premier League table. They have now won eight consecutive Premier League matches and are unbeaten in their last 11.

Mikel Arteta’s men can of course go back top if they beat Chelsea on Tuesday but City still have a game in hand on their North London title rivals and in this form they look like they could win every single match until the end of the season.

Manchester City’s run of eight consecutive Premier League games is the longest winning run in 2022/23, overtaking Arsenal’s run of seven wins in a row between February and April.