Arsenal restored their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a resounding 3-0 win over Fulham on Sunday and carved out a small part of top-flight history in the process.
Gabriel, gabriel martinelli and captain martin odegaard they all scored in the first half as Mikel Arteta’s side became the first team to win five consecutive London derbies without conceding a goal.
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With 11 games remaining, Arsenal can extend the difference to eight points with a home win against Crystal Palace next Sunday before Manchester City’s next Premier League match.
“How does that sound? It’s 11 finals for us, we take it game by game.” Leandro Trossardwho had a trio of assists as Arsenal took advantage of Fulham’s porous defense at Craven Cottage.
“It’s about keeping a clean sheet as well. We had a great game today; to keep it clean, you only need to score one. It was three, we’re very happy with that.”
Marco Silva’s Fulham, who had lost just once in their previous seven home games in all competitions, are now eighth in the Premier League.
Gabriel, who also scored his debut goal against Fulham in 2020, put Arsenal on the scoresheet in the 21st minute with a header from inside the box from Trossard’s corner.
Trossard powered Martinelli in the 26th minute when his arching cross fell at the far post for an easy header, the striker’s 12th goal of the season. Only four Premier League players have scored more.
Seconds before half time, Odegaard took two touches to control Trossard’s cross before smashing the ball past the Fulham, and former Arsenal goalkeeper. Bernd Leno.
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Arsenal started the day with second-placed Manchester City hot on their heels after a 1-0 win over Palace on Saturday put the reigning champions within two points.
gabriel jesus he earned the roar of the away fans when he entered the game in the 77th minute, his first action since suffering a knee injury at the World Cup in November. Jesús was about to score at 85, but his shot from close range went straight to Leno.