Arsenal thrash Fulham with a treble in the Premier League
Arsenal regained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-<> win over Fulham to continue their quest for the title on Sunday.
Brazilian defender Gabriel scored the first goal, before Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard scored in the first half, becoming the first team to record five consecutive wins in London summit away games without conceding a goal.
Leandro Trossard set up all three goals amid complete control of Fulham's side by coach Mikel Arteta's side.
Fulham, who have lost once in their last seven home games in all competitions, are eighth in the league.
Gabriel, who scored his first goal for his club against Fulham in 2020, opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a close-range header after Trossard's corner.
Trossard set up his teammate Martinelli's second goal in the 26th minute, sending in a cross from the left side and his fellow winger easily converted it with a header to take his tally to 12 goals this season. Only four players in the league have scored more goals this season.
Moments before the break, Trussard sent a cross towards Odegaard, who touched it twice before firing a tremendous shot past former Arsenal and current Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal entered the game two points ahead after Manchester City won 1-<> at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus was warmly greeted by fans when he came on in the 77th minute in his first game since suffering a knee injury during the World Cup in November.
Jesus came close to scoring in the 85th minute but fired a close-range shot at goalkeeper Leno.