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Gabriel’s Outburst at Xhaka Unveiled as Arteta Casts Doubt on Gabriel Jesus’ Future

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Gabriel’s Outburst at Xhaka Unveiled as Arteta Casts Doubt on Gabriel Jesus’ Future

Arsenal have faced numerous challenges this season and have generally overcome them very successfully. They have been able to recover from a devastating defeat to title rivals, win games when they were losing in the final moments, and even manage to play for four months without their best center forward. However, their upcoming game against Fulham at Craven Cottage presents a new test for them.

In the past, the Premier League has seen many teams have their promising seasons ruined by the challenge of playing in the Europa League on Thursdays and then again in the Premier League on Sundays. When Arsenal competed in the Europa League during the 2020/21 season, they only managed to win six out of 14 matches that followed their European fixtures. Even this season’s improved Arsenal team struggled to secure narrow victories against Leeds and had a disappointing draw with relegation-threatened Southampton after playing Bodo/Glimt and PSV. It’s evident that the Thursday/Sunday fatigue is a real issue.

This time, Arsenal prepared themselves by having some figurative drinks and taking a brisk walk before arriving in west London to play some of their best football of the season. It did take some time to get rid of the effects of their trip back from Lisbon, but once they got going, they were unstoppable.

Bernd Leno couldn’t handle Gabriel Martinelli’s shot, and Antonee Robinson was saved from scoring an own goal. However, Fulham couldn’t avoid embarrassment for long. Gabriel scored from a corner by Nicolas-Jover, and Martinelli followed suit by heading in a cross from Leandro Trossard inside the six-yard box.

In front of the Riverside stand, Arsenal effortlessly cut through Fulham’s defense with their smooth moves. The most impressive play was when Granit Xhaka had a one-on-one with Leno in the box. If Xhaka had scored, the goal would have been on par with Jack Wilshere’s famous goal, but unfortunately, the Swiss player’s touch let him down at the last moment.

Just before the end of the first half, Martin Odegaard completed a smooth play with a composed finish that reminded some of Mesut Ozil’s style. With three points secured and a potential setback avoided, Mikel Arteta watched in amazement at his team’s unstoppable performance.

“It’s really tough when you play every three days, travel to Europe and come back and see the energy, quality, understanding, the willingness to go there again and be really dominant,” he said in his post-match press conference. “It was really impressive.”

Following the excitement of the Bournemouth game and the chaos of Lisbon, it was a welcome change for Arsenal to have a comfortable win on the river. Many thought this game would be challenging for the Gunners and they could potentially lose points, but once again they have passed a daunting test with flying colors.

Gabriel’s Outburst at Xhaka Unveiled as Arteta Casts Doubt on Gabriel Jesus’ Future

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