Arsenal have began a countdown to Premier League title win with a cryptic pose after the victory over Fulham.
Arsenal players posed with a huge clock in the dressing room celebrating Premier League victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Mikel Arteta made a light win over the Europa League hopefuls at Craven Cottage to restore their five-point lead on top of the Premier League table.
Gabriel Martinelli had put the Gunners ahead early in the game, but his goal was ruled offside after a VAR check.
It was Gabriel Magalhaes who hit the Gunners’ first goal, heading home Leandro Trossard’s outswinger from a corner kick to give Arsenal the lead.
Martinelli then doubled the lead for the Gunners five minutes after Maghalhaes’s strike to cap Arsenal’s masterclass performance against the London neighbors.
In the stoppage-time of the first half, Martin Oddegard netted Arsenal’s third to seal the win before heading into the first-half break.
Fulham improved their play in the second half trying to pull a comeback but it was too late as the Gunners held on to run away with a 0-3 win at Craven Cottage.
Arsenal pose with a big clock after Fulham win
After the crucial win over Fulham, Arsenal celebrated the victory by posing with a big clock in their dressing room.
The post-match snap had the clock on the center, with Arsenal players squatting behind it.
While many would ponder what the Gunners meant with the cryptic pose, the clock hand signal sent a clear message. Gunners were sending a message to their teaming fans, counting down to the end of the Premier title race.
The giant clock had its hands on 11 and 2, signaling a countdown of games remaining to the end of the season before the Gunners wrap up their first Premier League title in over a decade.
Arsenal have played 27 matches in the Premier League so far with 11 matches remaining to the end of the season.
With a five-point lead on top of the Premier League table, it is safe to say the Gunners are indeed heading to their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 season.
Gabriel Jesus returns to Arsenal lineup
It was a double win for the Gunners as Brazil international Gabriel Jesus, who has been sidelined for months, made his return to the team in the game against Fulham.
The former Manchester City forward picked up an ankle injury in the World Cup and missed 12 games for the Gunners.
After taking a 0-3 lead, Mikel Arteta subbed off Leandro Trossard for Gabriel Jesus late in the second half to the uproar and joy of Arsenal fans at Craven Cottage.
Before the injury, Gabriel Jesus played 15 Premier League games for Arsenal, scoring five goals and delivering five assists.
Arsenal have fought on in the Premier League title race throughout his absence. Mikel Arteta has maintained the prolific attacking midfielder must fight for his place in the team following his return.
Arsenal host Sporting CP in the second leg of the Europa League round 16 tie at Emirates. The Gunners would hope to continue in their fine form by defeating the Portuguese giants to progress to the quarterfinals after a 2-2 draw in Portugal.