Result: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League
Date: 12 March 2023
Venue: Craven Cottage
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Trossard
Subs: Turner, Holding, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Jorginho, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Jesus
Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage to restore a five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League.
Leandro Trossard starred with a hat-trick of assists in the first half teeing up headers by Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli before captain Martin Odegaard got in on the act.
Knowing the game was won, the Gunners were more conservative after the break but there was one last roar from the travelling Gooners who were overjoyed to see Gabriel Jesus make his return to action after a three-month layoff.
Mikel Arteta made five changes from the side that started the 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon but the big talking point was Gabriel Jesus’ return to the matchday squad. Three months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury picked up at the World Cup, the Brazilian took up a place amongst the substitutes. The attack was further bolstered by the return of Leandro Trossard – the Belgian limped off a week ago against Bournemouth with a groin problem – and Martin Odegaard, who had been struggling with illness during the week. Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey further reinforced the spine after being rested on Thursday. In addition to Jesus, the likes of Smith Rowe, Vieira and Jorginho made up a strong bench.
This was not a match that either side started with any urgency but after some drab early sparring something clicked for Arsenal who took the game by the scruff of the neck and put it to bed with a stunning 30 minutes of football.
16 minutes were on the clock when the Gunners produced their first flowing move of the afternoon. Martinelli on the left played a neat give-and-go with Xhaka, darted into the box, forced Leno into a save and the rebound came off Robinson who inadvertently diverted into his own net. The players celebrated thinking they had an opener but VAR decided the Brazilian had been marginally offside. Arteta greeted the bad news with shouts of encouragement for his team.
After that, there was no stopping us. With our next attack, Xhaka found himself in the box and fired low at Leno forcing another save. A series of corners followed and at the third time of asking, Trossard found an Arsenal head; Gabriel climbing highest to power home. After being mobbed by his teammates, the centre-back jogged to set piece coach Nicholas Jover to say thanks for his training ground input. (GOAL 1-0)
Martinelli, Odegaard, Saka and Trossard started to enjoy themselves forming little triangles all over the pitch and more and more space emerged. Saliba, out of nowhere, carried the ball forward and fizzed over from 25 yards.
We didn’t have to wait long for a second. The Gunners won possession deep in their own half, Saliba swept a pass out to Xhaka and the break was on. The midfielder carried the ball up the field, fed Trossard on the left who dinked to the back post where Martinelli climbed highest to head home from close range. “We’re going to win the league, We’re going to win the league,” sang the well-lubricated away fans. (GOAL 2-0)
Fulham barely offered anything in return. When Solomon curled wide on 32 minutes, manager Marco Silva had a look of disgust on his face. He knew his side was not in the game.
Arsenal continued to create chances at will. Xhaka and Trossard both had golden opportunities to add a third. The Belgian, in particular, will be wondering how he missed after finding himself in space although, to be fair, he had an incredible 45 minutes, which he capped in stoppage time with his third assist.
Partey stole a loose ball in the midfield, Saka worked it to Martinelli and our January signing stood up a cross for Odegaard who had enough time to take the ball down and set himself before powering past Leno. It was his 10th goal of the season. (GOAL 3-0)
Unsurprisingly, Fulham were quick out of the traps as they looked to restore some pride. Pereira went close early on and from the resulting corner, Ramsdale had to fist away a cross. In the process, Saliba took a knock to the head from his keeper and required treatment that took the sting out of things for a few minutes.
Arsenal’s task was relatively simple – keep the home side at arm’s length and look to take advantage on the counter as their opponents pushed forward. By the hour mark, there were half chances for Trossard and Martinelli but little more than that. At the other end, Saliba continued to marshall Mitrovic and Pereira fired wildly over.
Martinelli had a shot blocked at close quarters at the end of a flowing move before the Cottagers finally mustered a shot on target on 69 minutes. Ramsdale did well to parry but was something of a spectator moments after when Tosin crashed a header from a corner against the bar.
That spell of pressure was enough to persuade Arteta to switch things up. With one eye on Thursday’s Europa League second leg clash with Sporting Lisbon, he sent on Nelson and Tierney for Saka and Zinchenko. Jesus made his long-awaited comeback soon after, replacing the excellent Trossard, Vieira took over from Martinelli and Tomiyasu covered for White.
In between, Ramsdale gave his defence a barracking after he was forced into another save and Odegaard picked up a booking for a clever foul on Pereira.
Into the closing stages and Jesus had a fantastic chance to mark his return with a goal but he couldn’t beat Leno after Vieira played him in. He beat the turf in frustration at his rustiness. Odegaard should also have added to his tally but couldn’t keep a shot down after neat work by Nelson.
By that point, the home fans were leaving in their droves, no doubt fed up by the constant din from the away end. There was comedy in the dying seconds as Vieira tripped over his own feet but somehow still secured a free-kick from referee David Coote. Odegaard swung it in but it came to nothing.
What looked like a tricky fixture on paper proved to be anything but. Kudos to the team, that’s now five successive wins in the league. Keep this up for 11 more games and we’ll be organising a parade around Islington. Onwards.
Just marvellous?? Imperious, majestic…. almost arrogant at times!!
Man City Toulouse
As Wrighty said, “What an exhibition!”
A joy to see what Jesus can do and bring to the team. We were 5 points clear when he got ruled out for three months. I was very worried. We are 5 points clear on his return. Wonderful player. We are looking very very good.
Yep, and we still have to play City. City should be the ones scared by that fixture not us. Everyone seems to think that’s an automatic win for City, I don’t. I’d actually favour us!.
Remaining five points clear has nothing to do with Jesus. Give credit to Nkethia and the rest of the team
You clearly lack something sir with that response 🙂
Ask someone to read it and explain the comment to you. It might help you understand Chris.
Yup, fucking excellent on all fronts. Lots of freedom to rest key players and give others some important minutes when the game is done and dusted by half time.
Happy Flowers !! Haha
Anyone else think of this song any time Happy Flowers comes up? Anyone? No? Okay, I’ll get my coat. COYG!
I love Happy Flowers!
Game over in the first half! Trossard the first player in Premier League history to notch a hat-trick of assists in the first half of an away game. Great to see Jesus arising from the dead and another three points, against a top half team, away!!!
He fits in like a glove, does Trossard. I NEVER want to see anyone moan about a player Arteta wants again! He knows what he is doing.
What a team we are building, my word!
Along those same lines I hope people show patience and belief with some of the younger less experienced fellas like Kiwior and Vieira. Arteta clearly believes in their talent and he’s done enough for me to believe in him
Spot on, mate. And he now has a track record of improving players. He will iron out any faults these guys have. I particularly believe Vieira will be a key feature in this team next season with a pre-season under his belt.
Agreed on Vieira. There is a gem in there just need to unearth it. and Arteta seems to be that guy.
He reminds me a bit of Ramsey, less in the type of player he is (Fabio’s more creative and maybe less of a goal threat) more in the sense that for a couple of years early on most people didn’t get what Wenger saw in him, he had flashes of talent but not the end product or the consistency, but he just really had to find his footing and get his confidence and once he did he became a star and even our best player for a season or so. I think Vieira has that potential.
Watch Vieira against Brentford at Brentford home. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
P.S. We can still moan about Willian though, can’t we?
Yes sir! Yes we can.
A thumbs down to that? I wonder if there’s a Rottenham geezer in the room?
Some more goals would have been nice but there isn’t really something to complain about. Total control, total efficiency!
Partey looked like he was out for an evening stroll. When on song he makes us tick insanely. Such a majestic player. Wish he was 25 or even younger!
Hmm. He probably is in footballing years.
Fear not, Caicedo and Rice are lurking while he ages.😀
2 overrated players, especially Rice.
It’s kind of tiring to see names of other teams’ players on comments about our team, we already have a great roster! Maybe we can focus on the players we have in already, we’ll get other players when the gaffer wants and the market allows.
We have several years of Partey left! He can help us win this league! I don’t care too much about Caicedo and Rice ATM.
I made a weird noise when he did that drag back and took out three players at walking pace.
He was breathtaking again. He is the best 6 in the world on his day
Fantastic result! Could have easily been 6-0 to us! Great to see us make 5 subs and the team still seems very strong! We can do this!
Masterclass in close control by the brilliant Trossard today.
Just blew them away in the first half. Next.
a feel good day at Fulham! what a performance and what a player we have in Leo! was so happy to see Jesus back!! our frontline right now!! oh man!! 🙂 🙂
Trossard, wow. What a fantastic signing. Let’s go!
3 assists for Trossard! Waht a player. Adieu Mudryk.
Mudryk? Who? 😂
I wish we had got Mudryk instead of Trossard said no one ever.
I think Trossard has become my favourite player in his short time here.
And Mudryk has become my favourite Chelsea player.
Saw a meme the other day of him being called “007.”
007 as in:
He’s 1 0 7 now which is a number of a bus in North London from my memory. So that good…:-)
The 107 actually goes right past Meadow Park where the Arsenal Women play
Got to admit with just one assist he’s 017 my bad. 🙂
Nah he probably would’ve been as productive as Trossard (who I like immensely and whose transfer I was always positive about!!). We could’ve developed Mudryk into an extremely formidable player.
Hope Man City lose or draw next PL game because I am starting the countdown.
Trossard, what a Wenger buy!
Aaaaaaawwwwww Leo Trossard what a buy !!! Excellent win & could you hear Citeh suckin their cheeks saying not again man ! One game less for them to catch us & what a good professional performance today Saliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibbbbbbbbbbaaa !!!! Sign that ting !
PSG needs to rebuild with players like Saliba. He will be offered big big money but after winning the PL, you don’t dream of League 1.
Seeing what we are building, It will be mental for anyone to leave this team now. Especially for the next few years. I am confident Saliba will sign da ting!!
It’s just fucking lovely to see
10 wins to the title.
Less if City drop ANY points
1. We made it look easy.
2. Trossard wasn’t a panic buy
3. Saliba sign da ting
4. We *actually* have a good team
10 more wins and it’s ours!
9 if we beat City…
which we should. With Jesus scoring the winner and Zinchenko this assist.
Also, three draws can win us the league, including a draw with City
Great piece of football artistry at times. What a signing Trossard is! The guy might be the signing of January in the EPL.
The first half could have been five nil. That is the little downer for me; I thought we’d slash deeper into City’s goal fifference advantage in the second half. Maybe they were conserving energy for Thursday and Sunday.
It was great to see Jesus return; it bodes well for the run in. This is our chance! COYG.
He’s undoubtedly the signing of the January window. No one has had his impact. Looks like a very shrewd signing indeed.
How hardworking is Trossard?! Gave it his all until he was subbed off at 77″
only thing smoother than trossard today was the fulham multi-ball system – honestly those ball-kids were insane. even guys from the crowd getting involved just popping it to them, popping it to the full-backs, ball back in play in literal seconds. 3 minutes of stoppage time. emi martinez in shambles. honestly if they’d replicated any of that on the pitch we’d have been toast
Nice is how I felt about this game. Everything was just nice.
Benny Blanco, is that you?
When Thomas Partey gets the ball the world seems to stop, apart for him for one second, which he uses. Incredible player.
Players crowd round him and he comes out with the ball
One of the best in the world in that position. He certainly isn’t underrated by arsenal fans, but by the wider footballing world he is criminally underrated.
‘The’ Best…Whose better? in terms of actual ability and what he does on the pitch for the team.
How sharp did Jesus look btw??!!
Incredibly sharp.. Loved the cheer he got for his first touch.
Only 10 more wins needed. Or 9 actually, if we come back with anything from the Etihad.
We should have scored more…. just to ensure Merson didn’t get his preview right 😅
What a great, outstanding signing Trossard is, 3 assists in 45 mins. = Magnificent, Fantastic, Extraordinary, Spectacular. Trossard reminds me of the Magical lil Wizard Santi Cazorla.
Trossard is my MOTM. Yay 3 points and a clean sheet. Happy for all Arsenal fans everywhere, happy for the Arsenal players, Arteta and other coaches, and staff etc.
REJOICE! HE IS RISEN!
His chant should be the Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah
Not that I care, but I was seriously unimpressed with Mitrovic today. I thought he gave up at 2-0. I’d be fuming if I were a Fulham fan.
He hit the bar and created a big chance after we were three up.
Man is a class player. We have no one like him at our lovely club. If he were younger, I’d take him at Arsenal. I don’t see anyone in this league holding player up half as good as him. It’s like the defenders aren’t there.
We held ours quite well against him, though. Other teams won’t fare as well. They’ll take something from City.
He usually fights to the end but it was Arsenal in front of him today.. He knew it was over. i think he would do well here as a plan b option.
A great performance by the boys.
Anthony Robinson was indescribably bad as we usmnt followers expected.
Absolute perfection. And bollocks to you, City. Jesus is back!
No more need be said.
Ooooooow wee that was some lovely stuff. I love me some of that. I bet thats how it feels being on vacation on an exquisite top notch destination. Some more of that. And Trossard my God. Fully over missing out on mudryk.
Partey and Saliba were having a whose the better Rolls Royce battle today.
Played Fifa with my 13 yo son last night, he was Arsenal and I was PSG, he ran out 9-3 winner – all 9 goals by “Trossardinho” as he calls him!
Not quite as good today but man this is one fine player!
Also, son correctly predicted the score today – little genius!
Routine. Our opposition sit 8th in the table of the best league in world
Worried that Bukayo is being played into the ground. The kid is a genius that needs protection by both the club and the refs.
2/3 years of consistently elite non stop performance from the age of 18. Don’t need up a once in a generation player.
Sorry *mess up a once in a generation player