Arsenal sweep Fulham aside to restore five-point lead at top

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table with a convincing 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Gunners were in scintillating form throughout the match, carving open the Fulham defence with ease to secure their fifth consecutive victory in the league.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the star for Arsenal, netting a brace either side of half time. The Gabonese striker opened the scoring after just four minutes, latching onto a delightful through ball from Mesut Ozil to round off a slick team move.

Fulham had their moments during the first half, but failed to create any real chances of note. The home side's lack of cutting edge was punished shortly before the break when Aubameyang fired his second of the game, volleying in from close range after some excellent link up play between Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.

The second half was a much more open affair, with Fulham pushing forward in search of a goal. They eventually got it when Tom Cairney reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box, firing a low effort into the bottom corner.

However, Arsenal sealed the win with two late goals from Lacazette and Granit Xhaka. The former swept home from close range after a fine run and cross from Hector Bellerin, while Xhaka's deflected effort completed the scoring.

It was a comprehensive victory for Arsenal, who have now established a five-point lead at the top of the table. It's the perfect response to their recent slump in form and puts them in a strong position to challenge for the title.