Fulham vs. Arsenal result: Odegaard hails 'amazing' Trossard as Gunners crush Fulham to make history
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard praised Leandro Trossard's "amazing" impact since signing for the club after the Belgium attacker became the first player in top-flight history to assist a hat-trick of away goals before half-time in a crushing 3-0 win at Fulham.
January addition Trossard set up headers by Gabriel and Gabriel Martinelli and Odegaard's strike in added time, shining in a masterful first-half performance that restored Arsenal's five-point lead at the top of the Premier League as Gabriel Jesus made his long-awaited return from a knee injury.
"I love to play with him," Odegaard said of the £27m ($32.5m) arrival from Brighton & Hove Albion, speaking to Sky Sports. "He has brought some amazing things to the team.
"He’s always looking to find the right pass. I kept my composure and put my shot in the corner. We’re really happy to have him in the team."
The victory means Arsenal are the first Premier League team ever to win five successive away London derbies while keeping clean sheets and restores the cushion they began the weekend with above Manchester City.
Antonee Robinson's own-goal was ruled out for offside in an early warning for Fulham, who failed to have a shot on target during the first period but produced an improved second-half showing and hit the crossbar through Aleksandar Mitrovic's header.
Gabriel nodded the visitors ahead from the latest of a spate of Trossard corners after 21 minutes, with Martinelli afforded ample space inside the penalty area to follow suit from a cross from the same left flank five minutes later.
Odegaard added the third by capitalising on slack marking from Fulham, who fell to a second successive defeat and remain eighth in the table.
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Classy Arsenal crush Fulham with a terrific first-half display to restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League!
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Arsenal have a corner on their left. Fabio Vieira sees a shot blocked, and Fulham clear.
Harry Wilson fires a shot well over the Arsenal crossbar from a central position outside the penalty area.
Martin Odegaard then reacts similarly to a cross from the right in the middle of the Fulham box, lumping a first-time half-volley high.
This game had more goals in 45 minutes than the two concurrent Premier League matches going on have had so far.
Southampton are still holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford, while those early goals for Aston Villa and West Ham mean it's 1-1 at London Stadium.
Gabriel Jesus returns from the knee injury he sustained with Brazil at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, replacing Leandro Trossard – the provider of a hat-trick of assists today. How important could Jesus' return prove in their season?
Gabriel Martinelli also makes way, Fabio Vieira entertin the action.
Fulham send the freekick following that Martin Odegaard foul into the penalty area, where Arsenal clear before the hosts scoop a shot high and wide of the target.
In-form Manor Solomon is replaced by Harry Wilson, while winger Daniel James comes on for Andreas Pereira.
Martin Odegaard is booked for a challenge that earns Fulham a centrally-located freekick midway inside Arsenal's half.
That header that came off the crossbar, replays show, was actually by Alexsandar Mitrovic, who narrowly beat Tosin Adarabioyo to the effort.
Reiss Nelson and Kieran Tierney replace Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko for Arsenal.
Fulham hit the crossbar! Tosin Adarabioyo meets a corner from the right with a crashing header in the middle of the penalty area that cannons off the wobbling woodwork. Unlucky!
Fulham go as close as they have all game! Andreas Pereira motors forward and locates Bobby De Cordova-Reid inside Arsenal's penalty area on the right, sending a diagonal pass with the outside of his foot towards his teammate.
De Cordova-Reid fires in a fierce shot from a tight angle. Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale descends to parry the effort away, and Andreas Pereira sees his strike blocked behind from the rebound.
Scintillating play by Arsenal! Gabriel Martinelli races into Fulham's half with the ball from the right and exchanges a one-two with Odegaard.
Granit Xhaka then backheels the ball onto Martinelli's continuing run on the edge of the penalty area. Bernd Leno is sufficiently concerneed to start his dive in the Fulham goal, but Kenny Tete blocks Martinelli's shot behind.
Andreas Pereira's shooting has left something to be desired today. This time the midfielder takes aim on the turn from a central position just outside the penalty area, firing his effort high into the stand behind Aaron Ramsdale's goal.
In the concurrent Premier League fixtures to this one, which are also around 60 minutes in, both games are currently being drawn.
Southampton's trip to Manchester United is goalless - you can follow that one live on sportingnews.com - and the match between West Ham and Aston Villa is 1-1 at London Stadium.
Arsenal revert to type after a flurry of Fulham pressure early in the half, keeping the ball deep in Fulham territory and trying to enter the penalty area.
Bukayo Saka is bundled off the ball by the right-hand corner flag in painful-looking fashion.
Gabriel Jesus is warming up on the sideline, and Arsenal's fans respond in kind. The longer his side retain this advantage, the more likely it is that we'll be seeing the Brazil striker involved this afternoon.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has had minimal joy today. Fulham's top scorer finds himself in the rare situation of having a sniff of goal from a cross from the right but Gabriel contains him inside the penalty area, restricting the Serbia striker to a soft effort that rolls into Aaron Ramsdale's arms.
That (probably) counts as a shot on target, which is more than Fulham managed during the first half.
Aaron Ramsdale is called into action again inside the Arsenal penalty area, pawing a tricky cross behind after advancing off his line. Fulham are desperate to pull a goal back – and they're giving it a good go.
William Saliba requires prolonged treatment inside Arsenal's penalty area. The defender, who almost connected with the cross from which Gabriel scored, rises to his feet.
You imagine Fulham would have been left in no uncertain terms about the way Marco Silva, who looked irritated for much of the first half, felt about their performance so far.
Bobby Decordova-Reid enters the Arsenal penalty area on the right and clips a low cross back into the path of Andreas Pereira in front of goal, who skims a tame shot wide of the far post but receives a corner after mounting a protest to the referee.
Lethal Leandro Trossard is the first player in Premier League history to assist three goals in the first half of an away match and the first Arsenal player to set up three in the first 45 minutes of a top-flight game since Cesc Fabregas against Blackburn in October 2009.
That was a dazzling half from Arsenal – as good as it gets, even in the context of the marvellous season they're having.
Fulham, too, have tended to impress until today, but they've been repeatedly caught dozing at the back and Trossard has taken full advantage three times to set up Arsenal's goals.
Back in the mists of time, Arsenal fired a warning when Gabriel Martinelli had a strike ruled out before the legitimate goals had started rolling in. This would be a remarkable turnaround if Fulham can find a way back – and for Arsenal, this already feels like the ideal game in which to give substitute Gabriel Jesus his long-awaited comeback.
That is probably Arsenal out of sight! You could copy-and-paste the description of most of their attacks this afternoon, finding an abundance of time and space to put together intricate passes and completely bamboozle Fulham's defence.
Leandro Trossard now has a hat-trick of assists, this time crossing from the left to Odegaard in the middle of the penalty area, who traps the ball, sizes up his options and fires into the far corner of the net to send the away fans audibly wild!
Wonderful football, helped by generous defending. It hasn't been Fulham's half, and Manchester City fans have probably tuned out by now.
Gabriel Martinelli almost has a second, meeting a cross from the right unmarked at the far post but failing to connect cleanly with his finish, which he studs down into the turf and up.
The lack of pace on the ball gives the kneeling Bernd Leno just enough time to slightly readjust on his line and paw it away.
It might take an error or a moment of genius for Fulham to come back into this game, and Aaron Ramsdale almost provides them with it!
The Arsenal goalkeeper appears to become caught in two minds inside his penalty area, dithering on the ball to gift Andreas Pereira possession.
The midfielder is running away from goal on the right at a tight angle but tries to find the empty net as Ramsdale furiously backtracks. The effort is comfortably over the crossbar.
Fulham have a spell of possession inside Arsenal's half but can't cause any problems. They've had such an impressive season, but lots of very good sides have found these opponents just too hard to break down, too slick to stop and too good to beat – which isn't to say Fulham won't find a way to solve the puzzle.
This is resembling a sharp training session for Arsenal. Bukayo Saka breaks inside the penalty area on the right courtesy of a one-two, then Granit Xhaka sets up Leandro Trossard as the visitors toy with Fulham's defence in front of goal.
Trossard and Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta have their heads in their hands as the Belgium international wedges his finish narrowly wide of a post. Relief for Cottagers fans, who must be dreading every Arsenal attack now.
Terrific incisive passing again from Arsenal, who almost score what would have been one of the goals of the season.
A move beginning from the halfway line ends with Leandro Trossard capitalising on a dummy inside the penalty area and attempting to find the run of Granit Xhaka in front of goal with a first-time pass.
The sequence is probably a bit too fast for Arsenal's own good, as Xhaka can't cleanly connect and nudges the ball into Leno's arms. Superb to watch.
Flickers of hope for Fulham, who try to locate Aleksandar Mitrovic inside the penalty area. Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White deal with the danger effectively. They're keeping the hosts at bay well.
We've seen this one before to thrilling effect during recent weeks: Fulham's Manor Solomon cuts inside with intent on the edge of the penalty area on the left.
There isn't the usual conviction to Solomon's finish, which looks a little like he might not have fully decided whether to cross or shoot. The effort flies comfortably wide of the far post, and Solomon's boss, Marco Silva, looks unimpressed on the touchline.
While Arsenal fan Mick Jagger watches Fulham try to find their way into this game, here's an update on the two other Premier League games that are about 30 minutes in this afternoon.
Relegation-threatened West Ham have made it 1-1 at home to Aston Villa, Said Benrahma scoring a penalty after Ollie Watkins continued his impressive recent scoring record for Unai Emery's side.
At Old Trafford, Manchester United and Southampton are yet to produce a goal.
Arsenal fans surely can't believe how easy this is proving!
The table-toppers launch a direct move from inside their penalty area, culminating in Leandro Trossard - who's been excellent so far - scampering inside the penalty area on the left, reaching the byline and hanging a high cross into the goalmouth.
Antonee Robinson, who's had a poor game so far and was fortunate to have an own-goal chalked off earlier, offers precious little resistance to Gabriel Martinelli, who nonchalantly nods past Bernd Leno. 2-0!
A reminder: Arsenal will go five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League again if they can maintain the advantage today.
Now Arsenal have scored! Leandro Trossard whips his latest corner from the left into the six-yard box, where Gabriel does excellently to rise among a crowd and nod a header beyond Bernd Leno and into the far corner of the net.
Arsenal have dominated the game in terms of chances. That's their reward!
Leandro Trossard is a busy man at the moment. The playmaker takes successive Arsenal corners from the left.
No goal! It's relief for Antonee Robinson, who had little chance of getting his feet out of the way after Bernd Leno parried a fierce Gabriel Martinelli shot into his path in front of goal, where the defender could only divert it into the net.
It was a lovely passage of play from Arsenal down the left, who sliced Fulham open with the help of a nutmeg on poor Kenny Tete. Martinelli looked beyond the last man as he reached the ball. Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta claps after the home supporters roar their approval at the decision.
There'll be a VAR check after Arsenal have the ball in the net!
Andreas Pereira scampers down the right for Fulham and fires a cross in the direction of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The striker is adjudged to have pushed Ben White in the back, conceding a freekick when he was poised to pounce in front of the far post. You wouldn't envy White marking Mitrovic, who's roughed up plenty of elite defenders to goalscoringly unsettling effect from that kind of position.
Fulham's tally of 12 goals from set pieces is the most in the Premier League so far this season. They curl one in from a useful position on the right, and Oleksandr Zinchenko has to deal with the danger for Arsenal.
Watching Arsenal at their best around the penalty area never gets tiresome. They ping a slick series of passes around Fulham's box, the penultimate one of which is overhit by Gabriel Martinelli, who's been lively but struggled to find his range in these early stages.
Granit Xhaka reaches it at full stretch on the left-hand byline but can only hook the ball back into Bernd Leno's arms at the Fulham goalkeeper's near post.
While we have all of the action live from Craven Cottage this afternoon, a reminder that Manchester United are playing Southampton, where kickoff was also at 14:00 GMT.
Stick with us for all the latest from Fulham against Arsenal, or follow that game with my excellent colleague, Kyle Bonn, on the link below.
Bukayo Saka is heavily fouled for the first time this afternoon, Antonee Robinson's late challenge affording Arsenal a chance to cross from a good position on the right.
They play passes to Gabriel Martinelli in a central position, whose delivery into the penalty area bounces behind.
Leandro Trossard, who's back for Arsenal today, shows typically quick feet after stealing possession not too far from Fulham's penalty area.
Arsenal work the ball out to Gabriel Martinelli on the left, and the Brazil international swings in a promising but overhit cross that Bernd Leno gathers comfortably.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is ordered backwards as he tries to pinch a few yards while taking a throw-in inside his own half.
That's about the extent of the action to report until Gabriel lets a routine pass roll under his feet, gifting Fulham a throw-in. Arsenal's fans produce a loud early chant.
The first hint of danger comes when Gabriel Martinelli almost takes control of possession inside the Fulham penalty area on the right.
A flag is up. It's been a quiet start, as you might expect between two well-drilled teams with sound defensive records.
Arsenal start us off! The away side play the ball back to Aaron Ramsdale from kickoff, who launches a diagonal ball towards the right-hand corner flag of Fulham's half.
Fulham return the ball in due course, allowing Arsenal to start playing passes around at the back.
5 mins from kickoff: The teams are out! Fulham emerge in their usual white-and-black home kit, ready to play. Arsenal are in dark blue and red tracksuit tops for the time being, which possibly makes more sense, given the temperature today.
15 mins from kickoff: Gabriel Jesus is out there warming up. The forward, who has been absent since suffering a knee injury while at the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals with Brazil, has just clubbed a shot into the net during the warm-up.
"To have him back for the last 12 games is massive for Arsenal," says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, speaking to Sky Sports and saying he believes Bukayo Saka is the club's player of the season.
30 mins from kickoff: Fulham have provided an update on Willian's injury. The Brazilian has featured in all of their Premier League matches this season with the exception of two games he missed with a calf injury in October.
Willian has provided three goals and three assists during those matches. With Joao Palhinha also unavailable today, Fulham will have to hope they can still cause Arsenal problems despite their depleted creative ranks.
50 mins from kickoff: Former Arsenal winger Willian will play no part for Fulham today as he's not in the squad. Issa Diop is on the bench - replaced by Tosin Adarabioyo - and Bobby De Cordova-Reid starts.
55 mins from kickoff: Team news! Aaron Ramsdale replaces Matt Turner in goal for Arsenal, while Thomas Partey, Gabriel, Martin Odegaard and Leandro Trossard return.
The headline development for the visitors is on the bench, where Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus makes his long-awaited comeback from injury.
60 mins from kickoff: Anyone sneaking off early from the crowd today seems at particular risk of missing drama, given the participation of Arsenal in this one.
They've scored three 90th-minute winning goals in the Premier League this season – their joint-most in a single campaign in the competition (also three in 1999-00, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2016-17).
Those three winners have all come in their last eight games (against Manchester Utd, Aston Villa and Bournemouth).
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100 mins from kickoff: Arsenal's away record in Premier League London derbies this season is formidable, winning all four they've played by an aggregate score of 8-0.
Today's their chance to make history: no English Football League side has ever won five consecutive away London derbies while keeping a clean sheet each time.
“You always want to put yourself up against the best and, at the moment, they are the best," said Fulham's Bobby De Cordova-Reid in the build-up, calling games against Arsenal "really tough but enjoyable."
“It will be an interesting game. When we played them at the Emirates it was a really tough game – one when we could have come away from with something, but we didn’t."
120 mins from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News' coverage of Fulham's attempt to play their part in the Premier League title race by winning for the first time in 10 attempts against Arsenal!
Describing this game only in terms of the tussle at the top of the table does a considerable disservice to the impressive season the Cottagers are having, A point would lift them above Brighton & Hove Albion into seventh, and victory would put them level with fifth-placed Liverpool – a position you'd have seen long odds on them threatening at the start of the campaign.
Erling Haaland's 78th-minute matchwinning penalty for Manchester City at Crystal Palace yesterday means the gap between the reigning champions and Arsenal is back to two points. This is Arsenal's game in hand, so a positive result, as usual, could be critical to the visitors' hopes of glory.
Arsenal have won 71% of their Premier League games against Fulham (22 from 31), which is their highest win rate against an opponent they've faced more than 20 times in the competition.
Fulham head coach Marco Silva is once again without key midfielder Joao Palhinha, as the Portugal international serves the second game of a two-match ban, and Cedric Soares is ineligible to face his parent club due to their loan agreement.
The hosts could stick with an unchanged starting team despite losing 3-2 at neighbours Brentford last time out, which would see former Arsenal pair Bernd Leno and Willian included in the lineup.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta shuffled his options when his side visited Sporting CP in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, and he is expected to rotate some of his big hitters back into the starting XI at Craven Cottage.
Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard are all expected to return with a late call on Leandro Trossard's fitness. Gabriel Jesus is training again, but this is likely too soon for his return.
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This Premier League clash kicks off at Craven Cottage on Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. local time.
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