Leandro Trossard assisted three first-half goals as Arsenal celebrated Mikel Arteta’s 100th win as Gunners boss with a comfortable 3-0 Premier League (PL) win against Fulham.
Following Fulham’s 3-1 loss against West London rivals Brentford, and after Arsenal’s enduring 2-2 draw in Lisbon on Thursday, a quiet opening to this match ensued as both sides kept things tight in the early stages.
But eager to extend their 100% winning streak in away London derbies this season, the Gunners soon took control, and Gabriel Martinelli’s low cross was turned into the net by Antonee Robinson before the defender’s blushes were spared as VAR ruled the goal out for offside.
The disallowed goal gave the visitors momentum to try and extend their record as the best away side in the PL and the floodgates opened when Trossard’s corner was powerfully headed into the net by Gabriel Magalhães.
It proved to be Fulham’s only opportunity to claw themselves back into the contest as Arsenal saw out the win with little threat from the home side.
Fulham offered little in response to Arsenal’s flurry of goals in the first period and Marco Silva’s side are in danger of dropping out of the hunt for European football next season following a three-match winless streak.
A thoroughly professional Arsenal performance was spearheaded by Trossard’s creativity, but the defence also played their part in securing the Gunners’ ninth away clean sheet and 11th victory on the road this season.