LONDON – Arsenal claimed a 3-0 win over Fulham to restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table in a clinical display of attacking prowess.
Mikel Arteta’s side responded to Manchester City’s narrow victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday night in a powerful way, scoring all three of their goals by halftime.
Gabriel Martinelli had already had a goal disallowed for offside by VAR before Gabriel headed in Leandro Trossard’s corner after 21 minutes.
Trossard then crossed for Martinelli to score five minutes later, before providing the delivery for captain Martin Odegaard’s cool finish in first-half stoppage time.
Fulham tried to mount a comeback after the break, but the Gunners remained in control.
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus was reintroduced for the first time since his injury during the World Cup for a 13-minute cameo.
Meanwhile, Trossard’s performance stood out as he proved to be the creator-in-chief, providing all three assists. The £21m capture from Brighton in January continues to prove a shrewd addition to Arsenal’s team.
This was a dangerous fixture for Arsenal given Fulham’s impressive campaign and Manchester City’s reduction of their lead to two points. However, Arsenal showed the steel, character, and skill that has characterized their season so far.
Trossard’s performance was particularly notable, with the Belgian winger taking on the role of creator-in-chief down Fulham’s right flank.
Overall, Arsenal’s impressive attacking display secured them the victory and restored their lead at the top of the Premier League table.