Leandro Trossard became the first player in Premier League history to register a hattrick of assists in the first half of a Premier League away game.
Arsenal wanted Mykhailo Mudryk, but he went to Chelsea where Graham Potter is already talking about leaving him out of the side in order to help him find his form.
Arsenal switched their attentions to Leandro Trossard, and the player who was no longer wanted at Brighton, arrived in North London like he was born to play in Mikel Arteta’s side.
Against Fulham in the first 45 minutes, Trossard assisted Gabriel with Arsenal’s opener from a corner, floated in another delightful cross for Gabriel Martinelli to nod home to make it two before finding Martin Odegaard, who made it three, just before the whistle.
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Trossard (379 minutes) now has five assists and one goal in nine games since joining in January.
Mudryk (333 minutes), meanwhile, has registered one assist in seven Chelsea games.
Trossard had an impressive first half against Fulham, with 37 touches, six crosses, and four chances created.
He won possession six times and had three touches in the opponent’s box, while creating two big chances and providing three assists, bringing his total to five assists in the last four games.
Fulham v Arsenal
The first half of the Fulham vs Arsenal match was dominated by the league leaders. Arsenal were in control from the first whistle and showed their dominance in the game.
Fulham, on the other hand, were lacklustre and struggled to retain possession in the midfield.
Arsenal passed the ball around Fulham with ease and constantly found space down the left flank. Tete was outnumbered and struggled to contain Arsenal’s attacks. Fulham’s lack of creativity in the midfield was evident, and they seemed missed the presence of Palhinha more than many thought they would.
Arsenal took the lead in the 16th minute with an unfortunate own goal by Robinson.
However, it was ruled out after a VAR check for offside.
They did score soon after with Gabriel powering in a header from Trossard’s corner.
Martinelli then doubled their advantage, getting ahead of Robinson to put away Trossard’s inviting cross.
Trossard completed his hat-trick of assists in stoppage time, chipping the ball over to Odegaard, who chested it down before crashing his shot into the bottom corner.
Fulham could count themselves lucky that were not further behind.
The second half saw Fulham come out with more energy and pressure Arsenal.
However, they were unable to break through Arsenal’s solid defence, with Mitrovic’s header hitting the crossbar as their closest chance.
Arsenal’s defence held firm.
To add a cherry to a relaxing afternoon for Arsenal at Craven Cottage, Gabriel Jesus made his return and looked as sharp as he’d been before he picked up a knee injury at the World Cup that required surgery.