Arsenal restore 5-points lead following London Derby win2 min read
Arsenal cruised to victory against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, getting all three goals in a first half in which they played some of their best football of the season.
The visitors dominated the ball from the off but didn’t cause any problems for the Fulham backline in the opening stages of the match.
The changed at the 15-minute mark when Gabriel Martinelli went through on goal and had an effort saved by Bernd Leno only for the ball to then rebound off Antonee Robinson into the back of the net. However, VAR ruled the goal out, judging the Brazilian to be offside.
That decision didn’t prove to be hugely consequential though because Gabriel gave Arsenal the lead from a corner just five minutes later, heading past Leno for his third league goal of the season.
Things then went bad to worse for Fulham when Martinelli headed in a cross from Leandro Trossard, putting the hosts 2-0 down before they’d even played half an hour. It was a fair scoreline too with the Gunners outplaying them and producing some glorious football.
That remained the case for the rest of the first half and Martin Odegaard made it 3-0 at the very end of it, controlling a cross from Trossard and firing in.
Mercifully, Marco Silva’s side made a much better start to the second half, not creating much but not allowing the league leaders to either.
By the 70-minute mark, it was clear that Arsenal weren’t too interested in pushing for more goals, and that gave Fulham the chance to get the next one, but Aaron Ramsdale saved an effort from Bobby Decordova-Reid before Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the bar from a corner.
That was the closest either side would come to scoring in the second half, with Arsenal happy to save their energy and Fulham happy to just limit the damage to ther goal difference and pride.
With the away side playing some top football, not working too hard and welcoming back Gabriel Jesus off the bench, it was the perfect day for the Gunners.