With a beautiful 3-0 victory over Fulham on Sunday, Arsenal pushed their lead over the competition to five points.
The victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday by second-placed Manchester City allowed Mikel Arteta’s team to reduce the gap. The Gunners reacted with the same level-headed performance that has defined their surprising title charge.
Arsenal is on track to win the title for the sixth time in a row thanks to goals from Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard in the first half. All three goals were assisted by the important Leandro Trossard.
The north Londoners have their sights set on the championship with 11 league games remaining.
After falling out of first place following a loss to City, which occurred over a stretch of four games without a victory, Arsenal has responded with a great effort that belies their potential as champions.
This season, Arsenal has won 11 of their 14 away league games, demonstrating their resiliency and maturity as they position themselves to win the crown for the first time since Arsene Wenger’s “Invincibles” in 2004.
Gabriel Jesus, a forward for Brazil, made his first appearance for Arsenal in the final 14 minutes following a World Cup injury to his knee. This was more good news for the Gunners.
The Gunners made sure that renowned Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger enjoyed his visit to Craven Cottage while he was watching from the stands.
After 21 minutes, Gabriel gave Arsenal the lead with a powerful close-range header off a corner from Trossard after rising over three players from Fulham.
In the 26th minute, an aerial raid by Arsenal furthered their dominance.
Once more, Trossard was the one to set up the goal. He dribbled down the left wing before lofting a cross in Martinelli’s direction. Martinelli easily outjumped Antonee Robinson and headed the ball in from close range.
With his 12 goals across all competitions following his fifth goal in his previous six games, the Brazilian forward has become Arsenal’s best scorer thus far this season.
Odegaard put the outcome beyond question in the last seconds of the first half, helping Arsenal take advantage of another awful Fulham defending.
Trossard provided his third assist of the game when his cross found Odegaard in the Fulham box. The midfielder was given way too much room, so he controlled on his thigh and prepared himself for a ferocious effort that fizzed past Bernd Leno.