Arsenal thrashed Fulham away from home to widen the gap between them and City to five points, leading to captain Odegaard praising his teammates
After Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham, Martin Odegaard spoke highly of Gabriel Jesus’ return from injury and considered it a significant boost for the team. The Gunners are currently leading the Premier League, and the win against Fulham increased their lead at the top to five points.
Odegaard, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gabriel Martinelli all scored in the first half to secure the victory. Mikel Arteta was also pleased to welcome Jesus back for his first Arsenal appearance in almost four months as a substitute for Leandro Trossard, who had provided three assists.
Odegaard loves playing with Trossard
“It’s a massive boost,” Odegaard told Sky Sports about Jesus’ return. “He’s been out for a while now.
“We know what he’ll give to the team and we are excited to have him back.”
Odegaard added: “We did really well from the start. We controlled the game and scored some good goals in the first half. The second half was a bit different but very good.
“[We have the] same focus. We’ve said all season we’ll take it game by game. We’ll do the same things, keep working hard and see where it takes us.”
In addition to hailing Jesus’ return, Odegaard also spoke highly of Trossard’s performance. The January signing from Brighton and Hove Albion made history by becoming the first player in Premier League history to record a hat-trick of first-half assists away from home.
“He has brought some amazing things to the team,” Odegaard said.
“I love playing with him. He’s good to find the right pass and we’re really happy to have him on the team”
Trossard himself could find few faults with the performance.
He said: “When we win, we’re always happy. We knew it would be a tough game. We did really well and kept a clean sheet as well.
“[It was] a perfect win for us. I’m really happy with it [the hat-trick of assists], I always try to contribute and today it went my way. I’m just really happy we won, now there are 11 finals to go for us.”
Arteta is the first Arsenal manager to win their first three away games at a London stadium since George Graham. The Gunners also made history by becoming the first team to win five consecutive London derbies away from home without conceding a goal in the history of English league football.
“I’m really happy to win and get three points away from home, especially with a clean sheet,” the Spaniard said.
“It’s great to see the goals distributed through the team. Leandro laid on three assists and could also have scored too.
“Every time we put the ball in the net, it’s great. We practice lots of things and we scored beautiful goals.”