Arsenal defeated Fulham to regain a five-point advantage.

In amazing manner, Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League with a decisive victory over Fulham.

After a stunning attacking performance, Mikel Arteta’s team replied to Manchester City’s tight victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday night by clinching this victory by halftime.

When defender Gabriel headed in Leandro Trossard’s corner after 21 minutes, Gabriel Martinelli had already had a goal narrowly disallowed for offside by the Video Assistance Referee (VAR). This was the first of three assists for the Belgian.

Five minutes later, Trossard crossed for Martinelli to beat the unmoving Antonee Robinson and head in at the far post. Later, in first-half stoppage time, Trossard also provided the assist for captain Martin Odegaard’s composed finish.

Following the break, Fulham made a late threat, but visiting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale stopped Bobby de Cordova-Reid and Tosin Adarabioyo’s header hit the post.

However, Arsenal maintained control throughout the game, and Arteta was able to make a 13-minute cameo appearance for important striker Gabriel Jesus, who had to undergo knee surgery after suffering an injury while playing for Brazil against Cameroon at the World Cup.

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As the Gunners pass yet another test, Trossard stands out.
Given Fulham’s strong season and the pressure after Manchester City cut their lead to two points, this matchup had all the makings of being dangerous for Arsenal.

Yet once more, their season’s trademark steel, character, and talent were on display.

Trossard’s £21 million January transfer from Brighton appears more and more shrewd by the day. He tore up Fulham’s right side and assumed the role of creator-in-chief before being replaced to a standing ovation in the final minutes.

In their incredible quest to win their first championship since 2004, Arsenal has been subjected to numerous tests of various kinds, and they passed this one with flying colors.

Last weekend at Emirates Stadium, the Arsenal battled back from being two goals down to defeat Bournemouth in the 97th minute. This time around, they dominated a lackluster Fulham from the get-go.

By triumphing at Selhurst Park, Manchester City had posed the query. With their fifth consecutive Premier League victory at Craven Cottage, Arsenal offered the solution.

Fulham may be losing its appeal.
This season, Fulham has been a standout addition to the top flight, surprising many who had predicted their relegation. Fulham is led by Marco Silva.

After losing the West London derby at Brentford on Monday, they fell far short of the standards they had set here, and this lopsided loss brought a terrible week to a close.

There were extenuating circumstances because two of their most important players were absent: Joao Palhinha was suspended and Willian was ruled out with a back ailment. Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has 11 goals this season but hasn’t scored since January, has also struggled to score.

Fulham put in a lackluster performance before the break, and didn’t really pick up their play until the game was all but over.

They are currently in seventh position and have done so well to give themselves a shot at playing in Europe next season.

Now, Silva’s major responsibility is to prevent an anti-climactic ending to this campaign.

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