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LONDON – Arsenal overtook Fulham to reclaim a five-point lead in the Premier League table as they rioted in a 3-0 win over Craven Cottage.


“We will win the championship!” sung by Arsenal fans at various stages of the game, making them look like a title-winning team at this screening.

Gabriel, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard scored in the first half as Fulham couldn’t handle Arsenal’s nimble move and Mikel Arteta’s side had to win by a much larger margin.

Marco Silva’s side improved in the second half, but Arsenal won their fifth successive Premier League victory with 66 points and a five-point lead over Manchester City. Fulham lost two matches in a row and scored 39 points.

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It was a pleasure to watch Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli tear Fulham apart in the first half. The duo moved freely between the left flank and the central zones, and Fulham simply could not track them. Arsenal pressed Fulham hard, but they were also so smart that they let Fulham make one pass from behind to midfield and then rushed to the challenge. Martin Odegaard moved forward to play as a second striker and was always able to combine when they came back. Without Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah (the former returned to form and entered the field late in the game), Arsenal had to get creative with their attacks and this inadvertently gave them an extra tactical level at a key moment of the season. Jesus will of course start most of the last 11 games of the campaign, but Arsenal now have a very different option when they want to. This will be crucial in the last months of the season as they aim to win the title.

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Leandro Trossar: Hat-trick with assists in the first half and brilliant class whenever he hit the ball. What a January signing.

Martin Odegaard: Achieved the goal and the whole game appeared in dangerous areas.

Gabriel Martinelli: Could have scored a hat-trick in the first half, and his nimble runs could not be traced.

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What’s next?

Fulham will take on Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday 19 March. Arsenal will host Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday before hosting Crystal Palace on Sunday 19 March.

How to watch Fulham vs Arsenal live! — Joe Prince-Wright, Craven Cottage.

Start: 10:00 AM ET, Sunday
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ON AN ONGOING BASIS: “Fulham” – “Arsenal” 0:3 – Absolutely clinical from “Arsenal”. They were excellent. Fulham were shocked in the first half. Too easy for Arteta.

CHANCE! Gabriel Jesus plays, but Leno’s low score saves him. So close to a goal on his return and he should have scored.

Gabriel Jesus enters the field and the Arsenal fans at the far end roar. What an applause for Jesus upon his return. His first appearance before the World Cup.

CROSSBAR! Fulham hit the crossbar. A headbutt from around the corner is good, but it rebounds. So no luck to the owners.

KEEP! Aaron Ramsdale escapes below to bring down Dekordova-Reid. Fulham were much better in the second half. But it wasn’t that hard after their first half…

Fulham have more ball but Arsenal look very dangerous every time they lose.

The second half is in full swing and Ramsdale hits the ball with a few crosses. Fulham are putting serious pressure on Arsenal trying to win back one goal.

HALF-BREAK – Fulham 0-3 Arsenal: Roughly as dominant in the first half as Arsenal have been all season. Fully control the situation, 3:0 and forward. There could have been five or six. Arsenal fans chant Mikel Arteta’s name from the far end. Fulham missed out on Joao Paligna in midfield and just don’t look at it.

GOALLLL! Fulham 0-3 Arsenal. Right at half-time, Martin Odegaard scored after another great Arsenal counter-attack. Brilliant performance by Martinelli and Leandro Trossar again. Arsenal did a great job with those transitions.

KEEP! Great stop from Leno to turn down Martinelli. It looks like it was the third goal for Arsenal.

A nervous moment for Aaron Ramsdale when he inexplicably passes the ball directly to Andreas Pereira, but the Fulham midfielder flicks the ball over the bar. Big chance for Fulham. Arsenal fans sing Ramsdale’s name.

CHANCE! Great smooth football from Arsenal after being given away by Tosin, but Xhaka decides to put the extra finishing touch and he gets it all wrong as Leno gratefully collects. A great chance for Arsenal to take a 3-0 lead.

Now Fulham has some possession of the ball as Manor Solomon flexes past the far post. Very similar to his recent effort from the position that is usually flown into. Home fans were a little worried. Arsenal are happy to sit deeper and defend their 2-0 lead. Good position for the Gunners.

“You know you’ll believe us, we’ll win the league!” sung by Arsenal fans on the road here at Craven Cottage.

GOALLLL! 2:0 in favor of Arsenal. Leandro Trossar with a great cross to the back post and Martinelli goes home. Trossard and Martinelli were sensational from the start. Fulham can’t handle their movement.

William Saliba steps forward and hits over the bar from 35 yards. That sums up the confidence at Arsenal right now.

GOALLLL! Gabriel heads home by climbing over Tosin and heading home around the corner. Bad defense at Fulham. Arsenal are deservedly in the lead. Fulham 0-1 Arsenal.

NO GOALS! Gabriel Martinelli gets in a strike from the left, but Bernd Leno makes a save, but the ball rebounds off Anthony Robinson and goes into the goal. Arsenal think the score is 1-0 but VAR is used and Martinelli is just offside. The home supporters celebrate the VAR decision appearing on screen as if it were Fulham’s goal. Early drama is here.

Just like in the World Cup, Bukayo Saka and Anthony Robinson look ready for a really good fight on the flank closest to me here in the press box. Robinson had Saki’s number in Qatar…

Slow start here as Arsenal have been a little sleazy. Perhaps you can excuse them after returning from Lisbon on Thursday? Home fans are very happy with the start from Fulham.

KICK OFF! We work here in the cottage and the Arsenal fans make all the noise early on.

Great buzz around Craven Cottage as the atmosphere builds. Home fans are full of optimism, guests also expect a major victory.

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Team news here! Ben White and Granit Xhaka play for Arsenal. Fulham made two substitutions with Tosin replacing Diop and Bobby Dekordova-Reid replacing Willian as the Brazilian winger missed out completely.

Some intriguing team news at the start here. Gabriel Jesus is here at the Cottage and this is a huge boost for Arsenal.

Welcome to West London! A beautiful early spring day as Fulham host Premier League leaders Arsenal. Can the Gunners win five consecutive Premier League titles? Can Fulham cause a big shock?

Key storylines and star players

Fulham are still alive in the FA Cup and have a route to Europe. Israeli striker Manor Solomon played a big role in Dachnikov’s recent goal, as adaptation in the Premier League was not a problem for a man with extensive European experience in Shakhtar Donetsk. Paligna misses due to disqualification, and Fulham will have to work hard in the very center of the field.

Arsenal play all over the pitch but the constant showman was Bukayo Saka as Mikel Arteta wasn’t afraid to run the young Englishman over and over again.

Fulham team news, injuries, squad

NOT SELECTED: Paligna (suspended), Tom Cairney (ankle), Neskens Kebano (Achilles), Lavin Kurzawa (knee), Cédric Soares (loan – parent club), Willian (unknown).


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