Arsenal U23s 4 - 0 Everton U23s
Everton's Under-23s were well beaten by Arsenal tonight but there was good news for Ramiro Funes Mori who came though 45 minutes of action.
The Argentine international defender has been in a long period of recovery following serious damage to his knee sustained while on International duty and saw his first serious action in almost 11 months.
Arsenal grabbed the lead following a heavily-deflected strike on 12 minutes... and never really looked like surrendering their advantage. Reiss Nelson scored the Gunners' second after 26 minutes.
In the first half, Funes Mori came close to embarrassing himself and Mateusz Hewelt with a shanked clearance that flew inches past the Everton keeper's left-hand post.
He was powerless to prevent the Arsenal protégés from emulating their senior stars in ratcheting up another embarrassing scoreline for the boys and Blue, and was replaced after half-time.
And after the break, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scored twice in side a quarter hour. The forward rifled a shot across Matuez Hewelt on 62 minutes, before applying the finishing touch to Emile Smith Rowe's right-wing cross.
Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Gibson, Funes Mori (46' Denny), Fenney, Baxter, Grant, Evans, Henen (80' Lavery), Hornby, Sambou [Y] (71' Dyson).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.
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1 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:28:37
Oh wait... 2-0 now after 26 mins. Come on, show some fight....
2 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:49:34
3 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:50:12
I tried to find a stream but no luck. Sounds like Im not missing much. Think Funes Mori has started tonight.
4 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:52:54
5 Posted 05/02/2018 at 20:07:20
6 Posted 05/02/2018 at 20:29:44
It hasn't updated for the last 50 minutes so perhaps they're already fed up with looking at the goals they score against us.
7 Posted 05/02/2018 at 20:42:36
8 Posted 05/02/2018 at 21:20:13
9 Posted 05/02/2018 at 22:23:20
10 Posted 05/02/2018 at 22:46:52
However, good to hear Funes played. Here's hoping he will be back in the big time soon and helping to shore up the rearguard before they slide into the relegation zone.
11 Posted 05/02/2018 at 23:20:51
Why would you assume that? The article doesn't state he did badly except for one clearance (wow, take him out and shoot him then) Just curious, as it seems you are hoping that to be the case. How sad for you.
Maybe you should get behind him and support him as he makes a return from a lay-off of almost a year. Nah, just keep hoping for the negatives. Carry on then.
12 Posted 05/02/2018 at 23:57:34
13 Posted 06/02/2018 at 00:17:41
Maybe something to do with the fact we're currently stuck with Morty Seinfeld as manager?:
14 Posted 06/02/2018 at 03:04:34
15 Posted 06/02/2018 at 03:06:02
16 Posted 06/02/2018 at 03:50:59
17 Posted 06/02/2018 at 04:20:19
I've just seen Deulofeu (lovely goal and skill) at Watford and it typifies our shambles of a club. I reckon if we lose to Palace and Watford in the next fortnight, you can really understand that the Championship is on the cards.
U23s unusually poor against Arsenal tonight and it would seem defeatism is rife from top to bottom at the moment. No wonder Allardyce wants to get to the 40-point mark quickly cause he knows we wouldn't win a fight. It could be a very awkward 3 months for us.
Please read this, Directors, and take on board this dreadful situation you have allowed to happen. We will be lucky to get 20,000 crowds in the lower leagues and no Sky dosh... which would take us out for a long while. Reminds me of Aston Villa, Bolton, Ipswich, Forest, Leeds – just to mention a few. Once great but they'll never come back.
We are just clinging on at the moment so imperative to get 40 points quickly as Sam rightly says because we look worse than the bottom clubs and if it weren't for the uplift when he arrived we'd be in the bottom three now. Mr Allardice knows this only too well and there's fuck all anybody could do about this lot.
Who'd come as a manager if what could happen in reality now does so in a few months? Pray it doesn't!!!!
Mr Moshiri and Mr Kenwright have plenty to think about I reckon. There won't be much money about then lads.
Sorry to be a doom and gloom merchant but it really is awful after all these years and the teams I saw under Catterick, Kendall and to certain extent Moyes (his team's had at least fight). Thi si just rubbish!!! Awful!!!!!!
18 Posted 06/02/2018 at 06:45:08
19 Posted 06/02/2018 at 08:04:10
The difference with Seamus was that he was a very very good player before he got injured, whereas the aforementioned two appeared to attain mythical skills aplenty whilst injured.
I suppose it at least gives the clueless ego an opportunity to play 8 defenders in 'winnable' (drawable) games.
20 Posted 06/02/2018 at 08:41:01
I'm not saying we should play a back three (especially with no left-footed LWB) but he certainly helps the shape of the team.
21 Posted 06/02/2018 at 09:07:24
I welcome him back and hope to see him improve our back line in the not too distant future.
Slightly off topic here, but watched the Watford v Chelsea game, and Delboy was outstanding for them scoring one, and winning a penalty too. He was even dropping back and helping out, on the rare Chelsea forays towards their goal.
Another one let go by Koeman, and presumably we had the chance to bring him back, but no, let's pay £27M for an unproven guy who seems to be out of his depth instead.
By the way, he was given a floating role behind the two strikers.
22 Posted 06/02/2018 at 09:21:54
Reiss Nelson looks a player. Only 18 but the best player on the pitch last night along with Nketiah and their new Greek lad Mavropanos (where was Walsh on that find?).
23 Posted 06/02/2018 at 10:37:29
And he can kick people, something we also seem to not do anymore.
24 Posted 06/02/2018 at 11:31:23
It is true that he got better in the memory with every soft goal we gave away over the lst 11 months, but as mentioned above, he had developed into a decent reliable player and was a full international in one of the stronger international teams.
WIth 3 of the long term absentees back in contention we should have an uneventful run in to a sad season. Roll on the summer spending spree and clear out. Starting with the manager probably.
25 Posted 06/02/2018 at 12:19:22
Geri was here three years and more often than not flattered to deceive. I will also argue one good game for Watford against a Chelsea side in dreadful form doesn't warrant immediate status as a world-beater (just ask Steven Naismith)
26 Posted 06/02/2018 at 13:17:52
The problem is they will have been coached how to play that way on the training pitch, you will just be told to watch and play that way. Also, you will told to work hard for the next two months to accumulate enough points quickly and then you can have a early summer break.
"Fuck the paying fans and bank your exorbitant wages, like me, the Manager. Don't worry about the Board over the Summer, I will be able to bullshit them and we all will have a extended Summer holiday next year too. Also I was able to handle the England Clowns (they made me Manager) and getting a Winter Break out of the Premier League will be easy peasy."
The mentality of our current Manager stinks to high heaven.
27 Posted 06/02/2018 at 13:46:35
Far from it in fact.
As for being able to kick someone, oh dear. I recall him kicking Origi and getting suspended for our semi-final only a few days later, meaning Jagielka had to have pain killing injections and take his place.
At least he knows how to kiss his badge though 'eh.
28 Posted 06/02/2018 at 13:52:15
Everton have become the extended career option, providing further career options for has-been footballers.
29 Posted 06/02/2018 at 15:07:54
Funes Mori is no more the Solid defender we have been missing all season than Bolasie is the key creator to improve performances and take us to the next level.
I'm happy to have them both back in the squad and there worth giving a go but they are both inconsistent and certainly no better then what we have.
On the positive side as per my recent post regarding the 5-1, any Arsenal side can beat anyone when on form and have a terrific style of play. I'm happy to just put to one side and move on.
Plus, Funes Mori is far better than Williams so a good improvement. Sam needs to realise Williams and Schneiderlin need sending back to school.
Play Davies as the box-to-box midfielder he is.
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