Arsenal defeated Fulham to reclaim a five-point lead.

Arsenal restored their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a ruthless victory over Fulham.

Mikel Arteta’s side responded to Manchester City’s narrow victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday night by cruising to a 3-0 lead by halftime with a devastating attacking display.

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

Five minutes later, Trossard crossed for Martinelli to beat the stationary Antonee Robinson and head home at the far post, before providing the delivery for captain Martin Odegaard’s cool finish in first-half stoppage time.

After the break, Fulham mounted a late threat, with visiting keeper Aaron Ramsdale saving Bobby de Cordova-Reid and Tosin Adarabioyo heading against the crossbar.

Arsenal, on the other hand, remained in command throughout, and Arteta was able to reintroduce influential striker Gabriel Jesus for the first time since he required knee surgery after being injured while playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup for a 13-minute cameo.

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