Kurt Zouma maintains that Everton were unfortunate to lose at the Emirates on Sunday and says that the players are working together and for each other under Marco Silva.
The Blues took the game to Arsenal but ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline in a tale of superior quality in the final third and chances taken verus gilt-edged opportunities spurned.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Theo Walcott both had chances to score in one-on-one situations with Petr Cech but were denied by the Gunners' goalkeeper who also saved twice from Richarlison before pushing Lucas Digne's free kick over the bar.
With the hour mark approaching with the contest all square, Alexandre Lacazette broke the deadlock with a wicked shot in off the upright before a rare error by Zouma allowed Arsenal to swarm into the Everton box and score through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, albeit from an obviously offside position.
It was harsh on Everton who had done more than enough to deserve something from the game.
“We came to Arsenal to try to win,” Zouma said on evertonfc.com. “Unfortunately, it turned out differently. We played a good game against a good team and it was a determined performance from the whole team.
“We are proud of ourselves but the idea was to win. We are disappointed about the score because I don't think we deserved that but we have to move on and work to try to get a victory next week.”
Zouma's comments come in the wake of a scurrilous and uncorroborated tabloid report that tried to suggest that there are divisions within the Blues' squad and players who are bridling at Marco Silva's exacting methods.
The French defender refutes any such insinuation, saying that there is a unity of purpose at Finch Farm and that everyone is looking to Saturday's clash with Fulham to put things right.
“If you watched the [Arsenal] game you can see that everybody is working in the same way,” he expained. “We are all together — there is no doubt about it. We want to win games and you can see there is a lot of quality in the team.
“Unfortunately, we didn't get the result we deserved, but it is football. Next week is another game; we are at home and we want to win."
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1 Posted 26/09/2018 at 06:30:08
2 Posted 26/09/2018 at 07:52:27
3 Posted 26/09/2018 at 08:27:47
5 Posted 26/09/2018 at 09:30:36
There where less crosses than the West Ham game. The Everton defence was only put under pressure in less than 5 instances. I would dispute that Arsenal are a good side.
6 Posted 26/09/2018 at 09:40:03
7 Posted 26/09/2018 at 09:40:44
8 Posted 26/09/2018 at 09:49:44
9 Posted 26/09/2018 at 09:50:06
It's not so much "being wheeled out", it's simply interviews after the game and then the Everton spin machine trying to create that positive buzz to build towards the next game.
I would ask, what's the alternative? They club goes quiet between games? The club, themselves, is always going to be positive. I don't see the problem here. It just was not as obvious to me as to how they went about things until I saw that video, wondered why we didn't have the actual interviews on the official site, and suddenly the club are drip feeding parts of the interview out now.
10 Posted 26/09/2018 at 10:42:14
11 Posted 26/09/2018 at 11:07:11
If ever there was a game to show commitment and team spirit, this is it.
12 Posted 26/09/2018 at 11:21:57
You can't coach someone not to fluff a chance on goal just as you can't coach awareness. Sometimes they'll score sometimes they won't, that goes for even the very best strikers.
Awareness occurs, or not, in a split second and is nowt to do with coaching.
13 Posted 26/09/2018 at 11:24:43
Maybe give him some credit because I don't think I've ever seen Everton create so many chances in one game at the Emirates, but it obviously depends on which way we see the game.
If Calvert-Lewin is through on Saturday, and makes the same selfish wrong choice again, then I would then blame the manager, but again that's just my own view of how I look at football and the players on the pitch.
14 Posted 26/09/2018 at 11:46:06
How many successful teams play with an out and centre-forward, goal hanger, who can't score against the top sides? Man City? no, Barca? no. Sanchez would compliment Barca and Man City.
Stop listening to clowns, likes of Merson, Wright on that debate program on Sky, I wish it was a phone in.
Give them time. COYBB.
15 Posted 26/09/2018 at 11:46:32
In only his second home game his substitutions were booed by a section of the crowd, I think Goodison is becoming a tougher gig than comics used to say about Glasgow Empire on a Saturday night.
I like many have wanted us to play fast attacking football both home and away, and to get a manager with that same philosophy, so now we have one. But he is still very early in the process of trying to teach players who have never played that way since they have been at Everton. Did any sane person who goes the game really believe that Silva could impart this new way of playing on what has been a largely under-performing group in a few months.
We even have a local paper asking is it right for some fans to be calling for Silva to be sacked. Now they don't have to scour the City to find someone suggesting this, they only have to scroll down this site over the last 2 weeks.
I am glad we have a manager who wants to play in a similar style to the successful clubs, he could have come in and played a defensive game like we did under the ex Bolton centre-back and just hope Richarlison and Walcott could pinch something on the break a bit like Koeman did for the last few months of his tenure. But he didnt he was brave and he knew the risks trying this way of playing. So I would suggest to my fellow match going fans lets give the guy a break and really get behind the team against Fulham.
17 Posted 26/09/2018 at 12:22:17
Marco needs time but some people just arent willing to give it.
Personally I'm a lot happier with the performances (West Ham game aside) than I have been since Martinez's 2nd season and think we're improving (slowly).
18 Posted 26/09/2018 at 12:29:23
We have Tosun, who while he runs about quite a bit and can finish, he just isn't going to score many over a season and his link play leaves a lot to be desired.
Calvert-Lewin is a square peg in every round hole he plays in – I can't work out what he does well, but it isn't scoring goals.
I hear we're going to play with 3 centre-halves on Saturday – watch this space.
19 Posted 26/09/2018 at 12:55:21
I'd rather see the team have a go at the so-called 'top sides' and lose, than batton down the hatches and try to nick one on a set piece.
We've spent too many years hearing how plucky Everton's place is in the second tier of Premier League clubs and it's time that record and the 'knives to a gunfight' nonsense was put to bed.
Look at Derby last night; fearless because they'd nothing to lose and ruffled some feathers.
I reckon Silva (given time) could make us believe once again, but he and the players need the supporters behind them.
21 Posted 26/09/2018 at 13:37:56
22 Posted 26/09/2018 at 14:34:43
Points lost now are just as valuable as those garnered later when Silva' s crocks are all fit to play... if ever!
Too many people seem relieved that we have reverted to being a Martinez team in which performance counts for more than results. I bet Big Sam is having to smile at the direction we appear to be heading. Downwards.
Evertonians — get real!
23 Posted 26/09/2018 at 15:07:47
We've had the easiest first few games to a season start that I can remember and averaging a point a game for the first 6 is crap in any language, especially given the opposition.
We need to pick up wins and points in the next few games. Just because this season is transitional doesn't excuse 1 point at home to Huddersfield and West Ham.
24 Posted 26/09/2018 at 15:36:49
Can we try and buy a striker that can score a goal in January, please? Maybe that would help... just a thought.
Our style of play is very good and I'm pleased on the whole, apart from a few who aren't good enough. In time, this will surely be taken care of with more signings, which are definitely needed, but not of the injured crock type this time.
25 Posted 26/09/2018 at 16:06:10
Did we not learn our lesson when we employed a similar manager, Martinez? Defensively poor record proved when taking Wigan down, but given the top job at a better club? First season was a fluke, and sacked two seasons after that. And, lo and behold, another manager whose CV says 'relegated' appears in the hotseat!
I was a massive Moyes fan, and was heartbroken when he left to go to Man Utd, and despite how all his jobs have ended up since, I would have him back in a flash. Man Utd straight after Ferguson was always an impossible job; Spain was always the wrong job for him; Sunderland were at the time a basket case club; but he showed his skills were still there at West Ham by keeping them up quite comfortably in the end.
"Yeah, yeah," you all might say. But just look where we were when he came in in 2002, staring the Championship in the face... but in those 11 years with us, he got us to the brink of the Champions League proper, got us to the FA Cup Final, consistent top eight finishes, and all that whilst feeding off scraps of money Kenwright could find him to spend. And I would take him back tomorrow...
I know Moshiri won't as he's 'not sexy enough'. But I think Moyes loved Everton, understood Everton, and was right when he said the Man Utd job was the only one he would leave for. I bet he turned down the Tottenham and Newcastle jobs whilst with us.
So, after all that, yes, I am prepared to give Marco time, as I did Moyes when he inherited the crap squad that he did all those years ago, but Marcos defensive reputation goes before him, I'm afraid, and I don't think we will finish top ten if I'm honest this season and maybe 9th at best next season.
If you give Moyes the money Silva and Koeman have had, I bet he would get us top six. Has anyone realised that two of Moyes's few signings at Man Utd are still there, nearly five years after his sacking? Mata and Fellaini kept by both the two managers after him? Just saying like so he does know what he's doing.
I would take David Moyes tomorrow and trust every decision he made. Again.
27 Posted 26/09/2018 at 17:02:13
I don't understand your point. Unless of course you've enjoyed the last 3 seasons of woefully negative football Everton have been playing?
Allardyce did nothing positive for our club. He took us to the Emirates last season where he used all of his tactical nouse and years of experience to inspire the worst performance of the season (if not decade).
I think most fans that contribute to this site have gotten real and have realistic expectations of the manager and team.
Its likely that we'll finish top half this season and I think the majority would rather get there playing exciting attacking football in which we take the game to all opposition, irrespective of who they are, than grinding out results against the ‘lesser' teams.
Everton has been broken for many many years and needs fixing. Silva has been chosen to try to do exactly that and I say we suport him for as long as we can.
So far the evidence suggests we're heading in the right direction and starting to find a playing style and team strategy. Something which has been lacking for a long time.
If you think the last 4 years of rubbish can be reversed in a few months with a few signings then you're nothing other than wrong.
30 Posted 26/09/2018 at 19:33:40
31 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:59:31
Proud of being beaten 2-0, players hiding and a baffling decision to make a lad captain who wasn't good enough to make the first team last week.
I don't find these results and performances as easy to get over as some of our players seem to. The manager needs time but making the same mistakes as the last sacked 3 does not fill me with confidence.
32 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:09:03
Not sure what Everton fans are supposed to 'get real' about either. You explain very well the reality situation we are in now.
In periods of the last game, I was actually proud of the team and how they were trying to play. Much more so than in any watching of the previous 100 hours.
We still badly need a centre-forward and a central midfielder though.
33 Posted 26/09/2018 at 00:06:53
The one thing that stood out for me against West Ham, especially for their third goal, is how physically weak we are through the middle. We desperately need power and strength through the spine of the team strong up top, strong in centre-mid and a dominant centre-half the keeper is the only safe bet at the minute and he still isn't the finished article.
I'm really looking forward to when James McCarthy is fit I thought we improved a lot in our tempo and tenacity when he came back in the side last season. He will definitely give us some steel in the midfield.
34 Posted 27/09/2018 at 08:28:50
Basically if we had a bitch of a striker then Arsenal would have been walking off 3-0 down at HT on Sunday because that Arsenal defence looks like its going to ship plenty of goals this season.
The sooner we stumble across a defensive partnership the better and the sooner January arrives and we properly do our homework on the type of centre forward we need the better.
Marcel Brands heres the situations when you need to really earn the biccies.
35 Posted 27/09/2018 at 09:35:50
36 Posted 27/09/2018 at 09:37:38
I just hope theres no mid-season warm weather break in Dubai again after weve been elimated in the third round of the FA Cup!
That really does do my nut.
37 Posted 27/09/2018 at 09:45:29
38 Posted 27/09/2018 at 10:15:08
39 Posted 27/09/2018 at 10:43:20
I remember when Moyes took them cycling up hills in the Lake District in middle of winter, it coincided with a better end to the season.
Ive never got those jaunts to Dubai and then coming back in the freezing weather, it makes nonsense to train somewhere where the climate is totally different to where you are going to be playing.
40 Posted 27/09/2018 at 10:43:28
I got these stats from another site. Everton this season don't complete enough attacking passes in the 20 yards around the opponent's goal. Stats prove this.
Arsenal 15 - 5 Everton
Everton 5 - 6 West Ham
Everton 2 - 2 Huddersfield
Bournemouth 11 - 4 Everton
Everton 6 - 7 Southampton
Wolves 4 - 2 Everton
Cech was widly heralded for his performance. I say that overall Arsenal where poor and Cech was not tested. In fact, it looked as if he was on the training ground.
Arsenal won the game because firstly, their defence were able to channel Everton forwards into shooting positions that were favourable for comfortable Cech saves, preventing any attacking passes that created any movement in the last third in front of Cech, or that threatened his positioning in goal and any unmarked player on the ball. They had clearly identified this as an Everton weakness.
Arsenal then capitalised on this weaknesses in Everton's third and comfortably won 2-0. How did they get 15 forward passes in the final third? The midfield trio was not fully functional and there was no link play, with Sigurdsson going missing as usual and Schneiderlin's link play missing, which meant that no passing movement came from midfield or crosses from the wings.
The confidence of a defence increases as their system works and the introduction of Tosun increased it further, because he will pass back and won't take on and beat his marker and is easily channeled.
It is widely held that Silva got his tactics right and his high press was effective, but Arsenal's defensive tactics neutralised the Everton forwards.
41 Posted 27/09/2018 at 11:03:28
42 Posted 27/09/2018 at 11:35:20
Hopefully with a system bedded in and a fit and consistent team selection we should see an upturn in form. Hopefully that will mean a climb up the league table and hopefully at least one decent cup run. Should this go according to plan I expect Mina, Gomes and Richarlison to form a highly talented backbone to the side.
We have drawn away to Bournemouth and Wolves which are two good results. Very good considering we played with a man less in each game. Not many teams will go to Molyneux this season and take 3 points. We were also desperately unlucky in both games.
We played West Ham and Huddersfield without our main attacking threat. We have played with inexperienced players and a player in Kenny who simply isn't good enough.
When the team looks like:
Coleman Keane Mina Baines
Walcott Bernard Sigurdsson
I expect us to do very well
43 Posted 27/09/2018 at 12:00:53
44 Posted 27/09/2018 at 12:11:20
Works his socks off. Creativity will come from deep with Gomes and further forward from Bernard. Supported by Coleman and Digne from the flanks. Directness and par from Richarlison and Walcott as well as decent finishing ability.
I expect Gylfi to be pressing the opposition and keep the ball moving. Which he is decent at.
45 Posted 27/09/2018 at 12:52:53
46 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:05:41
I would suggest the phrase "there for the taking" should be banned from this site.
The Arsenal team that had just won three on the spin and at a ground where we haven't won since last century on the back of a demoralising 3-1 defeat to the leagues bottom team Yeah, "there for the taking".
Arsenal would have been looking at this fixture thinking, easy 3 points that, but they "were there for the taking"...
47 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:47:25
Arsenal were there to be shot at theres no argument to that.
Maybe not the worst ever Arsenal team that might be stretching it but as soon as I saw their back four it made me think or rather rue, the fact that we didnt have a better striker capable of finishing at least two of the clear chances we created.
We cant keep accepting losses at the grounds we cant win at, that mentality means we will never see another victory at Anfield, Stamford Bridge or Arsenal again.
Martinez reiterated in the build up before our win at Old Trafford in 2013 that it was important Everton Football Club had the belief that we could win at such venues.
We might not have agreed with much that Roberto said after that, but he was bloody spot on that day.
48 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:56:32
It's 19 years to the day since we last won at Anfield.
27 September 1999.
49 Posted 27/09/2018 at 19:41:20
50 Posted 27/09/2018 at 19:53:50
51 Posted 28/09/2018 at 01:15:45
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