The bizarre reason that Arsenal took a clock into the Fulham dressing room ahead of 3-0 win

The Gunners romped home to a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage

The reason for Arsenal’s bizarre clock photo surfacing on social media has been revealed as an attempt to make Craven Cottage feel more homely, according to reports.

The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage courtesy of goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel, which took them back to five points clear at the top of the Premier League after Manchester City had cut their deficit on Saturday evening.

And, after the game, posts began circulating on social media shared by the Arsenal players, which showed a team photo including what appeared to be the clock from the famous Clock End at the Emirates Stadium, which drew plenty of speculation on social media.

Plenty joked that it was the latest prop to feature in Mikel Arteta’s team talks, having seen various items used in the all or nothing documentary from last season.

However, as per the Daily Mail, there was a very simple explanation, with a report claiming that ‘the unexpected move is part of an innovative wider plan from within the Gunners squad to make away dressing rooms feel more like the Emirates’.

It is not the only thing, either.

“In addition to the replica clock - wall stickers of the Arsenal badge and a poster of the official squad photo was also placed on the walls of the away dressing room at Craven Cottage to give it a more familiar feel”, they add.

Whatever the Gunners are doing appears to be working, with no side having claimed more than their 34 points on the road this season, and only Newcastle able to match their 9 goals conceded away from home, with Eddie Howe’s side having played two games fewer away.

Arteta’s side face tough trips to the Etihad, Anfield and St James’ Park before the end of the season that may allow others to catch up, but should they be able to continue their mean form, they will be in a great position to claim their first Premier League title since 2004.

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Ben Browning

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