In the 27th round of the English Premier League, Arsenal maintained their winning streak with a commanding 3-0 victory against Fulham. Despite a stormy celebration, the Gunners managed to confuse their fans with a photo posted on social media.
Ukrainian footballer Oleksandr Zinchenko caused confusion among Arsenal fans after posting a photo on Instagram from the dressing room. The image showed the Arsenal players and coaching staff posing with a large replica of the clock that once stood on the roof of the old Highbury stadium.
Fans were confused by the sight of the away team wearing a replica of the legendary watch, which was transferred to the roof of the Emirates Stadium after the demolition of Highbury. Twitter was soon filled with various interpretations of the image, with some fans claiming that the position of the hands on the numbers 11 and 2 was significant.
They interpreted it as saying "11 games and two months to go," alluding to the distance between Arsenal and their first league title in 19 years.
The 3-0 victory was due to goals from Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard, which were enough to sink Fulham and secure the Gunners' place at the top of the Premier League.
Following Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Arsenal risked falling within reach of Pep Guardiola's side if they failed to match the result. However, with yesterday's victory, Arsenal achieved their fifth consecutive triumph in the championship and maintained a five-point lead over Manchester City.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was impressed with his team's performance, given the tough schedule they have faced. "It’s really tough when you play every three days, travel to Europe and come back," said Arteta. "To see the energy, quality, understanding, the willingness to go there again and be really dominant … it was really impressive."
Arsenal's next opponent in the Premier League is Crystal Palace, but they will also face Sporting in the Europa League.
The Gunners will be hoping to continue their winning streak and maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table.
The photo from the dressing room also generated a mixed response from fans on social media.
One supporter commented, "No way is zinny that ripped. Must wear the biggest shirts man looks tiny on the pitch lol," while another replied, "Not going to lie, I’m distracted by the six pack to know what's going on in this pic." Despite these lighthearted remarks, the Gunners' fans will be celebrating their team's dominant victory and looking forward to the next match.