Haaland v Havertz: a style subplot as City’s goal machine meets Arsenal’s false 9 | Karen Carney

The Norwegian remains ruthless but in the awkward German the title pretenders have acquired a player growing in efficiency

Sir Alex Ferguson once said: “Attack wins you games, defence wins you championships.” The meeting of Manchester City and Arsenal on Sunday could well prove the former Manchester United manager right.

The teams are very different in style when it comes to their centre-forwards. Manchester City have arguably the world’s best No 9 in Erling Haaland, whereas Kai Havertz assumes the role of a false 9 for Arsenal. The contrasts make for an intriguing match at the Etihad, with both teams knowing the importance of the result.

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