rsenal restored their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Fulham on Sunday and carved out a small slice of top-flight history in the process.
Gabriel, Gabriel Martinelli and captain Martin Odegaard all scored in the first half as the Gunners became the first team to win five consecutive away London derbies without conceding a single goal.
Leandro Trossard provided a trio of assists as Mikel Arteta’s side took advantage of Fulham’s porous defence at Craven Cottage.
Marco Silva’s Fulham Cottagers, who had lost only once in their previous seven home games in all competitions, are eighth in the league.
Gabriel, who also netted his debut goal against Fulham in 2020, hold Arsenal on the scoreboard in the 21st minute with a header from inside a crowded six-yard box off Trossard’s corner kick.
Trossard teed up Martinelli in the 26th minute when his arching cross dropped at the far post for an easy header, the Brazilian’s 12th goal of the season. Only four Premier League players maintain scored more.
Seconds before halftime, Odegaard took two touches to control Trossard’s cross before smashing the ball past Fulham — and former Arsenal — keeper Bernd Leno.
The Gunners began the day with second-placed Manchester City hot on their heels after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday pulled the reigning champs within two points.
Brazilian Gabriel Jesus earned a roar from Gunners fans when he entered the game in the 77th minute, his first action since a knee injury suffered at the World Cup in November. Jesus closely scored in the 85th, but his shot from close range went straight to the keeper.
Fulham outplayed and outfought in worst performance of the season in Arsenal thrashing
There maintain been excellent days and there maintain been noteworthy days for Fulham of late. This was neither. It was perhaps their worst display of the season.
They can be outscored and sometimes outplayed, but they are rarely outfought. They comfortably were at Craven Cottage here.
Marco Silva’s team came across League leaders who maintain the beast of Manchester City breathing down their necks. Arsenal know they cannot slip up, and Fulham kindly allowed them to sprint free and score freely.
Arsenal continue march towards title with imperious display at Fulham
Arsenal are once again five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a dream afternoon for Mikel Arteta.
Against Bournemouth last week, the Gunners had to approach from two goals down and score a 97th-minute to earn three points.
It was a completely different yarn at Fulham, however, as they had the game wrapped up by half-time.
Arsenal were three goals to the excellent by that point and it would not be exaggerating to say the lead could maintain been double that.
Read Simon Collings’ full analysis from Craven Cottage here!
Fulham player ratings vs Arsenal: Antonee Robinson endures nightmare game with Andreas Pereira wasteful
Fulham hold in one of their weakest performances of the season as league leaders Arsenal comfortably beat them 3–0 at Craven Cottage.
Marco Silva’s side were looking for a reaction to their 3–2 defeat to Brentford on Monday, but they were behind when Gabriel headed Leandro Trossard’s corner into the net.
In a flowing plod five minutes later, Trossard crossed for Gabriel Martinelli to nod home the second.
And it was three in first half stoppage time when the Belgian grabbed his third assist of the match as Martin Odegaard found the corner coolly.
It didn’t secure any worse for Fulham in the second half, but a defeat of this margin will dent their confidence of securing a European spot for next season.
Arsenal player ratings vs Fulham: Leandro Trossard enjoys best game yet as Martin Odegaard oozes class
Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Fulham.
The Gunners were 3-0 winners at Craven Cottage, with all their goals coming in the first-half as they responded to Manchester City beating Crystal Palace on Saturday night.
Gabriel opened the scoring by heading home from a corner. Gabriel Martinelli made it 2-0 and Martin Odegaard added a third just before the wreck.
A perfect afternoon for Arsenal was rounded off by Gabriel Jesus making his first appearance since injuring his knee at the World Cup in December.
Simon Collings was at Craven Cottage to see Arsenal in action…
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal: Leandro Trossard makes Premier League history as Gunners cruise to routine win
Arsenal maintained their five-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League table with a routine win over London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.
After the visitors saw Antonee Robinson’s own goal ruled out by VAR, Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard scored first-half goals as Mikel Arteta’s side ran out comfortable winners in west London.
Such a commanding performance, admittedly against a Fulham side missing the combative Joao Palhinha, off the back of a draining trip to Sporting on Thursday is nothing short of a statement.
Rarely has a team had to balance a Europa League campaign with attempts to win the Premier League but the Gunners certainly passed their test on that front with nothing short of flying colours.
In truth, the 3-0 scoreline flattered the hosts at half-time.
FT: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
A commanding win and a statement peformance from Arsenal as Trossard shines and Jesus returns.
CHANCE FOR ARSENAL!
84 mins: Jesus sees hit shot blocked!
Would maintain been quite the return…
Gabriel Jesus coming on
Here we recede, Arsenal fans!