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Arsenal's young players need help; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang problem brewing

Gary Neville: Arsenal's senior players aren't really massive characters. The young players are not the problem. (Author: Gardener)

Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGary Neville says Arsenal's seasoned players are not providing the leadership their youngsters need after losing 2-1 at Everton. The late loss at Goodison Park followed a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Thursday, which meant difficult days for Mikel Arteta and his side. The Gunners led at Old Trafford but eventually lost while Martin Odegaard gave them the advantage on Merseyside before late goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray secured victory for Rafael Benitez's side. And while Neville believes there are many positives in this young Arsenal squad, he believes the inexperienced players need more help from the older minds in finding ways to get through difficult moments in games. "It just wobbles, doesn't it?" Neville said about Arteta on Monday Night Football after losing to Everton. “He does a good job and then he loses a few and he's under pressure.” I guess when we talk about it's a young team in terms of average age when you go to places like Old Trafford and Goodison Park in a night game, one or the other of the young players will not have seen it that often. "I remember my first game at Anfield and it was tough going to Arsenal at Highbury. You need experience to get you through those tough moments where the crowd goes up and some decisions are made against you and They sense something is happening. Arsenal "older players aren't really massive characters. You don't get these young players through those difficult moments in the game so the other players go under a little. I think there is a lot of talent there. The young players aren't the problem The problem with Arsenal's team is that they don't have the direction or the standards to get you through those turbulent moments that happen at Old Trafford or Goodison and you just feel like you are Wrapping this arm is brewing between Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the captain was substituted on the bench. The Arsenal captain was finally brought on in the 85th minute and had one last chance at a point for his team e , but he grabbed his goal and extended his run without a goal in the Premier League to six games. "I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang in this game," said Neville. “I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​Eddie Nketiah showing up before him. I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​being a substitute, period. “There's always a little mistake between Arteta and Aubameyang. "I know he's the captain, but he leaves him out and it just feels a little uncomfortable and it's going to cause a problem." I suspect if Arteta could probably get money for Aubameyang and he could get someone else, her would probably. "And I bet if Aubameyang could keep going, he probably would because it might get a little sour." Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher criticized the manner in which Arsenal lost to Everton, saying it would be a heavy blow to Mikel Arteta's future aspirations for his side. "I have a lot of time to see what Mikel Arteta said after the game and how he talked about Arsenal's performance," Carragher told MNF. "At Goodison Park and Old Trafford I wouldn't say that I feel abandoned because I'm not an Arsenal fan, but I liked what I saw of Arsenal and Arteta." I could see the organization and their efforts, but obviously not at the level of the teams fighting for the title. "But I thought there was a bit of a lack of bite at Old Trafford, but you can almost understand that. Going to Manchester United is a tough away game." . There is really no such thing as top quality on the Everton team, and Everton only won this because of its excitement and crowd. "That was bad for Arsenal and Arteta in terms of their goals and it was a disturbing sign how they lost." It's not the fact that they lost, they can win their next home game and still be a challenge for them To be in the top 4 but in terms of long-term direction it was bad to lose and how they lost. "Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made no excuses for his side after losing to Everton, saying: The performance they produced was not good enough. No penetration, "Arteta told Sky Sports. We tried to do more of those things in the second half, created four big chances, but conceded a very sloppy goal when you have to manage the game. "They won't give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to leave, we kept putting pressure on us. When asked if Everton's Ben Godfrey should have been sent off, Arteta said, "That decision was made, I'm sure VAR has checked it out. "What I want is more from my team. Today you have the game under control even if you don't do your best and you have to find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and this game lost is nothing. " Well. If the opponent is there, you have to do it and we don't. It wasn't good enough. "He added," They were there to be taken and when that happens they have to be grabbed and killed. We had a similar thing against Manchester United and we deserved a lot more, but we didn't get the points. We had opportunities to score and "when we didn't, it wasn't good enough. The performance in general wasn't good enough." Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard was disappointed with the defeat and said his side had stopped playing , especially after taking the lead with his goal just before half-time. I think in general we weren't at the level we needed to be today. "We had some good moments but we have to get a lot better. It's hard to tell what exactly happened. We have to get better when we have that guidance. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play "is [a thinking problem]. When you lead 1-0 you are afraid of losing the win and I think we did it wrong today. You're aiming for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn't succeed on the pitch. "

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Arsenal's young players need help; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang problem brewing

Gary Neville: Arsenal's senior players aren't really massive characters. The young players are not the problem. (Author: Gardener)

Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGary Neville says Arsenal's seasoned players are not providing the leadership their youngsters need after losing 2-1 at Everton. The late loss at Goodison Park followed a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Thursday, which meant difficult days for Mikel Arteta and his side. The Gunners led at Old Trafford but eventually lost while Martin Odegaard gave them the advantage on Merseyside before late goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray secured victory for Rafael Benitez's side. And while Neville believes there are many positives in this young Arsenal squad, he believes the inexperienced players need more help from the older minds in finding ways to get through difficult moments in games. "It just wobbles, doesn't it?" Neville said about Arteta on Monday Night Football after losing to Everton. “He does a good job and then he loses a few and he's under pressure.” I guess when we talk about it's a young team in terms of average age when you go to places like Old Trafford and Goodison Park in a night game, one or the other of the young players will not have seen it that often. "I remember my first game at Anfield and it was tough going to Arsenal at Highbury. You need experience to get you through those tough moments where the crowd goes up and some decisions are made against you and They sense something is happening. Arsenal "older players aren't really massive characters. You don't get these young players through those difficult moments in the game so the other players go under a little. I think there is a lot of talent there. The young players aren't the problem The problem with Arsenal's team is that they don't have the direction or the standards to get you through those turbulent moments that happen at Old Trafford or Goodison and you just feel like you are Wrapping this arm is brewing between Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the captain was substituted on the bench. The Arsenal captain was finally brought on in the 85th minute and had one last chance at a point for his team e , but he grabbed his goal and extended his run without a goal in the Premier League to six games. "I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang in this game," said Neville. “I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​Eddie Nketiah showing up before him. I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​being a substitute, period. “There's always a little mistake between Arteta and Aubameyang. "I know he's the captain, but he leaves him out and it just feels a little uncomfortable and it's going to cause a problem." I suspect if Arteta could probably get money for Aubameyang and he could get someone else, her would probably. "And I bet if Aubameyang could keep going, he probably would because it might get a little sour." Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher criticized the manner in which Arsenal lost to Everton, saying it would be a heavy blow to Mikel Arteta's future aspirations for his side. "I have a lot of time to see what Mikel Arteta said after the game and how he talked about Arsenal's performance," Carragher told MNF. "At Goodison Park and Old Trafford I wouldn't say that I feel abandoned because I'm not an Arsenal fan, but I liked what I saw of Arsenal and Arteta." I could see the organization and their efforts, but obviously not at the level of the teams fighting for the title. "But I thought there was a bit of a lack of bite at Old Trafford, but you can almost understand that. Going to Manchester United is a tough away game." . There is really no such thing as top quality on the Everton team, and Everton only won this because of its excitement and crowd. "That was bad for Arsenal and Arteta in terms of their goals and it was a disturbing sign how they lost." It's not the fact that they lost, they can win their next home game and still be a challenge for them To be in the top 4 but in terms of long-term direction it was bad to lose and how they lost. "Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made no excuses for his side after losing to Everton, saying: The performance they produced was not good enough. No penetration, "Arteta told Sky Sports. We tried to do more of those things in the second half, created four big chances, but conceded a very sloppy goal when you have to manage the game. "They won't give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to leave, we kept putting pressure on us. When asked if Everton's Ben Godfrey should have been sent off, Arteta said, "That decision was made, I'm sure VAR has checked it out. "What I want is more from my team. Today you have the game under control even if you don't do your best and you have to find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and this game lost is nothing. " Well. If the opponent is there, you have to do it and we don't. It wasn't good enough. "He added," They were there to be taken and when that happens they have to be grabbed and killed. We had a similar thing against Manchester United and we deserved a lot more, but we didn't get the points. We had opportunities to score and "when we didn't, it wasn't good enough. The performance in general wasn't good enough." Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard was disappointed with the defeat and said his side had stopped playing , especially after taking the lead with his goal just before half-time. I think in general we weren't at the level we needed to be today. "We had some good moments but we have to get a lot better. It's hard to tell what exactly happened. We have to get better when we have that guidance. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play "is [a thinking problem]. When you lead 1-0 you are afraid of losing the win and I think we did it wrong today. You're aiming for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn't succeed on the pitch. "

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Everton vs. Arsenal Score and Five Things We Learned As Demarai Gray-Winner Gunners Stunned

Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Toffees win their first game of nine in the Premier League while Arsenal lose a lead in their second game in a row (Author: Gardener)

EvertonDemarai Gray scored a staggering late winner to ease pressure on Everton manager Rafa Benitez as Arsenal suffered a consecutive defeat in the Premier League. The first half at Goodison Park was of absolute weakness, but Martin Odegaard opened the gate at half time when he volleyed Kieran Tierney's cross. It came three minutes after Richarlison turned down a VAR header for close offside, while Everton defender Ben Godfrey was fortunate enough not to see red because he struck Takehiro Tomiyasus in the face earlier in the half with his cleats. Richarlison was knocked down for the second time in an even closer offside decision, but the Brazilian equalized on the third try when he headed past Aaron Ramsdale after Gray hit the crossbar. Gray scored a dramatic winner in stoppage time before Pierre-Emerick gave Aubameyang a golden chance to equalize with the final kick of the game. When it rains at Goodison it often pours, but Everton have shown impressive resilience to ensure they achieve a stunning and potentially decisive victory. Gray's spectacular goal kept her winless run in the Premier League not spanning nine games, and in the end he didn't deserve it. This was a spirited performance - led by Richarlison and finished by the vivacious Gray - and there was evidence throughout the game that the home fans were ready to stand behind their ailing squad and under-attack manager Rafa Benitez. Their patience was put to the test when the Toffees were denied two narrowly offside goals - with Richarlison's second denied attempt being one of the most confusing VAR decisions in the Premier League of the year. It was believed that VAR this season would give the attacker a greater advantage in situations like this, and we've seen that at times throughout the campaign, but Richarlison was turned down after apparently being on par with Gabriel, felt like we would have returned to some of the frustrations of recent seasons. To make matters worse, Richarlison's first unrecognized goal was followed shortly after by Odegaard's opening goal, while the second would have given Everton a big boost before the closing stages. It was to be another miserable night for Everton and Benitez - and the turning point they made was remarkable in the broader context. The first stage of that encounter on Monday night was one of the worst halves of Premier League football you are likely to see this season and Arsenal were very flattered by the 1-0 result they held before break. In the end, a 2-1 win over Everton was a deserved result for the hosts against the Gunners, who were desperate to see the pace on Merseyside. Odegaard's great technique of finishing Tierney's cross was the only moment of quality of attack Mikel Arteta's side produced on a night that raised questions after a few encouraging weeks. Big questions are to be asked as to why the eliminated Alexandre Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn't until the 85th. The Arsenal captain is out of shape, but it was clear that something was missing from their game - and it was strange that Eddie Nketiah was called before him. Arsenal's golden chance to win the game late came to Nketiah late, but the 22-year-old could only hit the post with a close-range header. Gray's spectacular hit punished her before Aubameyang pulled far with the final kick of the game, perhaps to show why it had failed in the first place. Arsenal made four changes for the trip to Everton - and only one of them worked. Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette had little influence here, and Arteta's side had no rhythm as they suffered consecutive defeats. The only positive thing of the evening was Kieran Tierney, who immediately caused a sensation with several assaults from the left defense and prepared the volley with an excellent cross from Odegaard. The Scottish international had missed the last six games, and not all of them due to injury, after Nuno Tavares got a run on the team. Tavares had impressed in some of his offerings but there is no doubt that Tierney represents a more reliable presence in Arsenal's defense while still posing a sizable threat on the other end. Tierney was replaced by Tavares after an hour while Arsenal were still one goal ahead, but these other changes in Arteta's team struggled to make similar contributions. Lacazette was calm and prone to dropping into lower positions and as a result Arsenal missed a leading presence in their attack. Xhaka was a surprising return as he was likely to be sidelined until the New Year - and this was another evening that will little convince his doubters. One of the few moments that ignited Goodison Park in the first half was a crunchy and perfectly fair duel between Godfrey and Tomiyasu, but the Everton defender was incredibly lucky to avoid a red card in a later incident with the Japan international. There had been a couple of clashes between Godfrey and Tomiyasu on the near sideline and when the Arsenal defender went down to keep the ball in play the 23-year-old fell on him, his cleats hitting Tomiyasu's cheek. Tomiyasu and Godfrey fought for the ball throughout the match (Getty Images) The impact left a mark on the player's face at Arsenal and the incident was reviewed by the VAR but no further action was taken. This seemed to take the majority of the viewers by surprise, but Godfrey was perhaps helped that there was little evidence of clear intention. On Sky Sports, Gary Neville said that as a former player he could say that Godfrey intended "100%" to catch Tomiyasu - an opinion that seemed to be shared on social media. But as the second offside from Richarlison showed, this was an evening when the decisions of the officials did not coincide with the public consensus. Prior to his side's trip to Goodison, Thomas Partey admitted his Arsenal career was only "four out of 10" so far - and tonight's performance will have done little to improve his critical self-assessment. Partey continued to struggle when Arsenal had to hold the ball under pressure from Everton in the second half.

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Everton vs. Arsenal Score and Five Things We Learned As Demarai Gray-Winner Gunners Stunned

Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Toffees win their first game of nine in the Premier League while Arsenal lose a lead in their second game in a row (Author: Gardener)

EvertonDemarai Gray scored a staggering late winner to ease pressure on Everton manager Rafa Benitez as Arsenal suffered a consecutive defeat in the Premier League. The first half at Goodison Park was of absolute weakness, but Martin Odegaard opened the gate at half time when he volleyed Kieran Tierney's cross. It came three minutes after Richarlison turned down a VAR header for close offside, while Everton defender Ben Godfrey was fortunate enough not to see red because he struck Takehiro Tomiyasus in the face earlier in the half with his cleats. Richarlison was knocked down for the second time in an even closer offside decision, but the Brazilian equalized on the third try when he headed past Aaron Ramsdale after Gray hit the crossbar. Gray scored a dramatic winner in stoppage time before Pierre-Emerick gave Aubameyang a golden chance to equalize with the final kick of the game. When it rains at Goodison it often pours, but Everton have shown impressive resilience to ensure they achieve a stunning and potentially decisive victory. Gray's spectacular goal kept her winless run in the Premier League not spanning nine games, and in the end he didn't deserve it. This was a spirited performance - led by Richarlison and finished by the vivacious Gray - and there was evidence throughout the game that the home fans were ready to stand behind their ailing squad and under-attack manager Rafa Benitez. Their patience was put to the test when the Toffees were denied two narrowly offside goals - with Richarlison's second denied attempt being one of the most confusing VAR decisions in the Premier League of the year. It was believed that VAR this season would give the attacker a greater advantage in situations like this, and we've seen that at times throughout the campaign, but Richarlison was turned down after apparently being on par with Gabriel, felt like we would have returned to some of the frustrations of recent seasons. To make matters worse, Richarlison's first unrecognized goal was followed shortly after by Odegaard's opening goal, while the second would have given Everton a big boost before the closing stages. It was to be another miserable night for Everton and Benitez - and the turning point they made was remarkable in the broader context. The first stage of that encounter on Monday night was one of the worst halves of Premier League football you are likely to see this season and Arsenal were very flattered by the 1-0 result they held before break. In the end, a 2-1 win over Everton was a deserved result for the hosts against the Gunners, who were desperate to see the pace on Merseyside. Odegaard's great technique of finishing Tierney's cross was the only moment of quality of attack Mikel Arteta's side produced on a night that raised questions after a few encouraging weeks. Big questions are to be asked as to why the eliminated Alexandre Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn't until the 85th. The Arsenal captain is out of shape, but it was clear that something was missing from their game - and it was strange that Eddie Nketiah was called before him. Arsenal's golden chance to win the game late came to Nketiah late, but the 22-year-old could only hit the post with a close-range header. Gray's spectacular hit punished her before Aubameyang pulled far with the final kick of the game, perhaps to show why it had failed in the first place. Arsenal made four changes for the trip to Everton - and only one of them worked. Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette had little influence here, and Arteta's side had no rhythm as they suffered consecutive defeats. The only positive thing of the evening was Kieran Tierney, who immediately caused a sensation with several assaults from the left defense and prepared the volley with an excellent cross from Odegaard. The Scottish international had missed the last six games, and not all of them due to injury, after Nuno Tavares got a run on the team. Tavares had impressed in some of his offerings but there is no doubt that Tierney represents a more reliable presence in Arsenal's defense while still posing a sizable threat on the other end. Tierney was replaced by Tavares after an hour while Arsenal were still one goal ahead, but these other changes in Arteta's team struggled to make similar contributions. Lacazette was calm and prone to dropping into lower positions and as a result Arsenal missed a leading presence in their attack. Xhaka was a surprising return as he was likely to be sidelined until the New Year - and this was another evening that will little convince his doubters. One of the few moments that ignited Goodison Park in the first half was a crunchy and perfectly fair duel between Godfrey and Tomiyasu, but the Everton defender was incredibly lucky to avoid a red card in a later incident with the Japan international. There had been a couple of clashes between Godfrey and Tomiyasu on the near sideline and when the Arsenal defender went down to keep the ball in play the 23-year-old fell on him, his cleats hitting Tomiyasu's cheek. Tomiyasu and Godfrey fought for the ball throughout the match (Getty Images) The impact left a mark on the player's face at Arsenal and the incident was reviewed by the VAR but no further action was taken. This seemed to take the majority of the viewers by surprise, but Godfrey was perhaps helped that there was little evidence of clear intention. On Sky Sports, Gary Neville said that as a former player he could say that Godfrey intended "100%" to catch Tomiyasu - an opinion that seemed to be shared on social media. But as the second offside from Richarlison showed, this was an evening when the decisions of the officials did not coincide with the public consensus. Prior to his side's trip to Goodison, Thomas Partey admitted his Arsenal career was only "four out of 10" so far - and tonight's performance will have done little to improve his critical self-assessment. Partey continued to struggle when Arsenal had to hold the ball under pressure from Everton in the second half.

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Can Everton stop its alarming slump or will Arsenal bounce back from their Old Trafford defeat? Join Rob Smith (Author: Gardener)

EvertonBy continuing to surf this website, you consent to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Can Everton stop its alarming slump or will Arsenal bounce back from their Old Trafford defeat? 29th minute: No red card for Godfrey! I think that is the right decision, if only because we cannot say with certainty that it was intended. It was painful for Tomiyasu, however, who took Godfrey's cleat in his face as he fell over. 28 min: And they're gone! A number of Everton fans are leaving, although the majority have stayed and are singing with more enthusiasm than ever tonight. Everton Chairman Bill Kenright in the stands as fans express their feelings. Photo: Jason Cairnduff / Action Images / Reuters 31 min A blow for Everton: Yerra Mina goes away injured. He hit the falling Tomiyasu in the face and VAR tries to decide if it was on purpose. 27 min. Richarlison's shot deflects from behind White. The corner is taken briefly to Gray, who flashes a splendid ball over the face of the goal. 26 min "Nice to see a reference to Sparklehorse in today's MBM!" Says Michael Gibson. I had seen this and some bands doing Sparklehorse songs in another church many years ago. As for football, another major loss for Everton could mean Rafa waking up in a burned out basement and sleeping with metal hands. I know the people involved have been trying for years. 25 min. After a bad pass from Gabriel, Richarlison finds Doucoure 15 yards back, back to goal. 24 min Saka is okay to continue. 22 min. Saka falls awkwardly after being fouled by Godfrey. He stayed downstairs and is being treated, which gives Mikel Arteta the opportunity to do a little micromanagement. 21 min A reminder that Everton's exit is slated for the 27th minute, this season marks the 27th anniversary of their last trophy. 18 min Tierney and Odegaard combine well to find Saka on the right side of the area. He tries to annoy Godfrey, who only has eyes for the ball, and forces Saka to hand it back to Odegaard on the edge of the box. 17 min "Andrew Mangan sums it up perfectly on his blog this morning, Arsenal are often a kiss-of-life team," says Abhisek Manikonda. “When our opponents gasp for air, we give them the kick start they need to get going again. So expect Everton to get the three points for the start of the season today. ”That's a nice sentence. Funnily enough, Chelsea were the kiss-of-life team for both Everton and Arsenal last December. 16 mins Mike Dean plays a good advantage by allowing someone in a blue shirt (no) to find Townsend in space on the right. He cuts in, then passes the ball to Doucoure, who in turn passes it to Townsend, and the attack is over. 7 mins. There is a short break in play so everyone in the group can pay tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, whose murder is one of the most disgusting stories we will ever hear. Photo: Naomi Baker / Getty Images 13 min. Half chance for Gray, who shoots past after a nice run from the left into the field from 22 meters. 13 min "Like most other Arsenal fans, I don't know what to think of Xhaka's return," says Charles Antaki. And then there are the cards, the cards… “12 min Arsenal continue to dominate possession, even if everything is a bit slow and sure at the moment. 10 min "Alan Davie's hatred of Xhaka is pretty funny, and he doesn't really like Arteta either, which in my opinion is possibly a little more controversial," says Zack. What do successive Arsenal managers see in the guy? Arsenal consistently play better when not on the team and they have a pretty amazing record of being red cards in big games. "What is even more confusing to me is that Arsenal have sacrificed different names on behalf of the young and new Xhaka, whose worse moments at the club and poor relationship with the fans made him a perfect candidate to be brushed aside be given as "a gesture of renewal, if nothing else, has a new contract. I honestly think I've seen him play well about 10 times. Twice in a Swiss top. ”I don't look at him that often, but I can understand why managers are seduced by him. 8 min. Godfrey gets the crowd going with a crunching tackle on Tomiyasu. 6 min. Everton play like the away team, which is no surprise given the circumstances. Arsenal have a lot of possession in the middle third. 5 min "I can't wait to hear Arteta's explanation for Xhaka recording," says Pete Mumola. “Everton is out of shape, but the man hasn't even played a U23 fitness game and there's no shortage of coverage at AMN, Sambi or even Elneny. If he doesn't get all three points today, he really is risking all the goodwill he earned after the bumpy start. ”3 min. Richarlison's touch lets Godfrey go in the lower left corner. Tomiyasu came over anyway, so I doubt he would have had a chance to shoot. There are two changes for Everton from this derby chaos: Yerry Mina replaces Lucas Digne, who is not in the squad, and Anthony Gordon replaces Salomon Rondon. That probably means that Richarlison is at the forefront. Arsenal make four changes after losing at Old Trafford: Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka replace Nuno Tavares, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe. 2 min Everton started with Gray on the left, Gordon on the right and Townsend as No10. 2 min “I'm not a psychologist,” says Ian Copestake, “but if Mr. Arteta is to keep his team performing well, he'll have to convince them that Everton is a small team. For this purpose, Rafa should have spoken to the Arsenal team. ”1 min. Peep-beep! After the players hit the knee, Arsenal begin left to right. "Xhaka turned red for a two-foot in Bill Kenwright in the 27th minute," said Stephen Carr. "Put a monkey on it." I know Xhaka can be a burden, but I doubt even he could handle a two legged challenge against anyone. “Hello Rob,” says Gary Naylor. "Boethius was also the hero of Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist of A Confederacy of Dunces - a fitting title for the story of Everton's boardroom for the past decade or so." The Everton players are well received when on the field stroll even though they don't need a Boethius degree to know what happens at halftime if they're 3-0 down. "I woke up here in Northern California on a foggy, dreary morning today," says Mary Waltz, who is more of a Sparklehorse fan than I realized. “The perfect weather for an Everton fan on game day. By the time we get DCL back we're going to be dangerous on goals so I'm expecting a low score and a Pickford World Cup performance. ”“ I'm writing this from about 4,000 miles away so my perspective isn't exactly closest, but Everton is Such a mess at the moment that many in the fan base fear that relegation is a definite possibility, ”writes Matt Burtz. “I don't think the situation is that bad (I think they're better than Newcastle and Norwich to start with) but I think we can all agree that things are not going well. I'm afraid Marcel Brands' departure gives Rafa Benitez too much authority, which is bad in that I don't think he should even lead the team tonight. However, Everton made the double against Arsenal last season, so there may be three points in sight tonight. “I always tickle when big club supporters reach for nuclear relegation pessimism. The likelihood of Everton going down is roughly the same as the likelihood of Leicester winning the Premier League. “Playing Xhaka is a huge shock; The planned return was January and he wasn't in training on Wednesday, ”says John Cox. Arteta must really think they're going to need him. ”I wish someone had a camera on Alan Davies when he was capturing the team sheet. His hate / hate relationship with Xhaka on the Tuesday Club podcast keeps tickling me. Rafa Benitez didn't exactly mention the honors in his pre-game interview: "I only focus on the football issues." Rafael Benitez insists that despite some big changes at Everton in the last few days and a fan protest planned for tonight ... 👀 pic.twitter.com/jA5x1iZllJ— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 6th 2021. Related: The Fiver | Everton's decline, the first sacrificial lamb, and a 27th minute strike. Life goes pretty fast. Rafa Benitez has been at Goodison Park for less than six months, but he is already struggling to survive. Everton started their international break in October fifth, two points behind leaders Chelsea, and even Gary Neville broke Rafa's principles. Her balance sheet since then cannot be polished: seven games, six defeats, one point and apparently no hope. Football director Marcel Brands left yesterday and fans are planning to leave the ground in the 27th minute in protest against the board. Depending on your point of view, Everton's opponents tonight is a great advertisement for giving time to a manager or a terrible advertisement for giving time to a manager. After almost two years, opinions are still divided about Mikel Arteta's merits. He has built a friendly team with charismatic young players who, however, repeatedly hit a wall in the biggest games. Her season so far has been the opposite of that of the Evertons. They got off to a terrible start after finding Arteta where Benitez is now as the odds favorite to be the next Premier League manager to be invited. But they have won seven of their last eleven in the league and another win tonight would put them in fifth place. A win for Everton would lift them from 16th to 12th place, and they have a decent number of games ahead of them. After tonight there is only one of the next 11 games against a Big Six team or West Ham, a collective known in some cultures as "the best seven". A couple of good results wouldn't solve Everton's long-term problems, but they could give Benitez more time to try and fix them. If Rafa has anything on him, he'll let Boethius do the team talk tonight.

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Leeds United need to keep Patrick Bamford fit - the survival of the Premier League may depend on it

The striker had missed 11 games in a row in the Premier League due to injury but was on target after coming off the bench on Elland Road (Author: Gardener)

UnitedWhen Leeds United substitute Patrick Bamford scored the dramatic equalizer in the 95th minute, the cheers that followed said it all. The striker, who made his first appearance since mid-September after an ankle injury, ripped off his jersey, twirled it manically and then tossed it in the air. Bamford was bullied by his teammates - including goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who led to the corner that led to the goal - when pandemia struck the home stand. Marcelo Bielsa's side are making a habit of going late and Bamford's goal secured another potentially priceless point in their quest to maintain their Premier League status. "Patrick scored one goal as a goalscorer," said Bielsa, who introduced Bamford 68 minutes from Leeds. "He gave us the balance, which is very valuable for our expectations, considering how we got it." You might question aspects of Leeds' performance; certainly for 10 minutes in the second half when they were knocked out and Brentford hit twice. This was the third time in their last four home games that Bielsa's team scored points in stoppage time. An emotionally tense Bamford, whose goal was sorely missed during his 11-game absence, said: “I was rusty but always felt like I would get a chance if I got on the field. The goal was nice, especially to save one point because it was important that we get a result today. “The noise when I met was special. After finishing ninth on their return to the Premier League last season, Leeds have had a harder time scoring points this season, which of course Bamford's recent absence didn't help. With upcoming trips to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, Bielsa's side will have to deduct points from teams like Brentford. Thomas Frank's men looked to be the second-half victory after Shandon Baptiste and Sergio Canos beat Tyler Roberts' opener in the 27th minute. Roberts found the net while steering Raphinha's intricate left flank into the net, but Leeds lost captain Liam Cooper to an injury and looked disjointed at times. Back on the team after a two-month hiatus, Luke Ayling almost doubled his lead early in the second when Alvaro Fernandez made a clever save to save the defender's header. Kalvin Phillips was then sent off due to injury when Brentford, who renounced Ivan Toney due to Covid, took control to turn the game upside down. They equalized in the 54th minute when Baptiste snapped in after a deflected cross from Canos and swept a fine left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area past Meslier. This gave the guests confidence and Canos put them in the lead in the 61st minute, combined with Bryan Mbeumo, before he hit the roof of the net. Canos ‘celebration caught the ire of Leeds fans and he was hit by a thrown plastic bottle, which is likely to result in charges by the football association. Brentford underpinned a sovereign performance from captain and ex-Leeds cult hero Pontus Jansson and seemed poised to take the win. But Bielsa has, as has been shown during his three and a half years in reign, a team that fights to the life and death. Bamford was there to find the net with his knee after Ayling snipped Raphinha's corner. Frank, bitterly disappointed with cashing so late in the game, said: "It was a great performance."

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Live updates on Leeds United's third round FA Cup draw to spot opponents

Follow the updates with Leeds United to find out who they'll play against in the third round of the FA Cup in January (Author: Gardener)

Leeds United'sFollow the updates with Leeds United to find out who they will play against in the third round of the FA Cup in January. English football's holiest weekend is almost between us. Leeds United will learn who and where they will be playing over the first weekend in January to leave behind the memories of their disappointing third round knockout at Crawley Town last year. That defeat marked the fourth year in a row that the Whites fell at the first hurdle, a record Marcelo Bielsa is undoubtedly keen to correct. The drawing will take place this evening from 7 p.m. and we'll bring you all the set-ups and fixtures as soon as they come out of the proverbial hat. Let us know in the comments below whether or not the West Ham trip floats your boat. Leeds will play West Ham away in the Premier League on January 16 and will now also visit the London Stadium the previous weekend. The balls are in the pocket so we're almost ready to roll. Let's go .... Former Leeds youth hopeful and avowed Whites fan David Seaman is part of the team that is taking care of the draw tonight, a quick brew before we start. As a reminder that the third round of the FA Cup will take place on the weekend of 8./9. January takes place. That's somewhere between a home game against Burnley and a trip to West Ham. To say it hasn't been a very good five years for Leeds United in the FA Cup is an understatement. The fourth round was followed by a humiliating 1-0 defeat by non-league club Sutton United, which has not improved since then. In the 2017-18 season, Newport County embarrassed Thomas Christiansen's team at the first hurdle, while a young team would lose out the following year at QPR at Marcelo Bielsa's first taste of the competition. A much better performance was seen in the January 2020 1-0 loss to Arsenal in the Emirates as a BBC audience previewed the high-octane Leeds side who would take the Premier League by storm next year. The same side didn't take the FA Cup by storm, however, with the 3-0 defeat at Crawley in January, a miserable game most fans wanted to forget. Fancy a new Yorkshire derby? tweeted that they would like to see a clash between Leeds United and Harrogate Town. The two Yorkshire teams have never met in a competitive match before, despite the fact that the Whites on Wetherby Road have been a regular pre-season guest over the years ... Vote for Fan Footballer of the Year Four Leeds United players were chosen for ours Fan footballer of the year nominated - but who gets your vote? Who do we like? So who would you like to see Leeds against tonight in the draw? Given the look of the upcoming fixtures, I can tell that not many fans are ready to visit one of the big Premier League players guys. On the flip side, given the recent departures from Leeds to Crawley and Newport, many may not like another fight against a lower division opponent. How about a tie with Harrogate Town, Leeds' rivals in the north of the city, who make their first appearance in the third round of the FA Cup? Leeds United is number 21 ball and here are the others (part one of two) ... All You Need To Know Tonight's draw will take place before the penultimate game of the second round in which Boreham Wood hosts St Albans City in a non-league Face off. It starts at 7.45 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ITV4, with the draw taking place before the game. At the draw, the 20 winners of the second-round draws go into the pot with the 44 Premier League and Championship teams, with the draws being played on the weekend from Friday 7th January to Monday 10th January. Cup third-round draw , then you are in luck because that is exactly what we are being offered tonight. Leeds United didn't get along too well in the most iconic competition in football of recent times, stumbling against opponents of varying quality in the third round of each of the last four seasons. We'll find out tonight who Marcelo Bielsa's men will face next month later that evening as the Whites head coach seeks to improve that record and get his first win in the competition.

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Angry Joelinton ignited Newcastle United fans by shoving his opponent against Burnley

Joelinton looks like a completely different player under Eddie Howe - and NUFC fans love it (Author: Gardener)

Angry JoelintonThe Joelinton moment against Burnley that Newcastle United fans loved and made big changes Joelinton looks like a completely different player under Eddie Howe - and NUFC fans who love it celebrate Newcastle United's Joelinton as they beat Burnley. Receive our FREE Newcastle United newsletters emailed directly to your inbox by subscribing below. An error occurred, please try again later. Joelinton was stuck. Looking like a completely transformed player under Eddie Howe, the Brazilian didn't give the Clarets midfield a minute to breathe the ball as he rushed and harassed them. Introduced as a £ 40m striker, the 25-year-old now looks like a midfielder - and fans love it. Find the latest Newcastle United news here. While the win over Burnley, Newcastle's first win of the season, was largely driven by team performance, Joelinton stood out once more. Joelinton topped the charts for ground gains at seven out of twelve, winning seven of his 15 aerial battles, only second only to Jamaal Lascelles. Joelinton also showed his worth on the defensive, making three clearances, two tackles and one interception as Newcastle Burnley pushed for level. But statistics aside, there was a moment towards the end of the game that would have pleased most Newcastle fans more than anything - as Joelinton showed a bit of anger. He was back to United's left, blocking a cross and chasing the ball down - when it came to a throw-in, there was a clash with a Burnley player. He seemed to indicate that there had been contact with the back of his leg, and while poking your opponent in the chest was indeed a risky strategy, it showed the kind of anger and emotion that many in Joelinton's game missed. In the final moments, Joelinton, like an incredible Brazilian Hulk, was still putting his foot in the game, trying to keep Burnley from advancing - he fell to his feet as the final whistle went off. It was only a brief moment, but it was one that showed a change in Joelinton - that he was not afraid to move himself a little, to use his strength and not only for himself but also for the cause and his Team to stand up. It was just one more element of a great accomplishment from Joelinton looking for a place in Howes XI every week now. For the latest Newcastle news delivered straight to your inbox, go here to sign up for our free newsletter

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My Newcastle United Matchday 15 Review

Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 - How about that !! - My Newcastle United Matchday 15 recap (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleWhat an exciting day for all Newcastle United fans and lovers. A first win of the season was badly needed and the full-time celebrations showed how much Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 meant to the fans at SJP and the new owners! The game started slowly for us as Maxwel Cornet and Wood combined seamlessly for most of the first half. However, that performance in the second half is the kind of material we're going to need from now on. I noticed an incident where he hit a ball over the head of his CB with no offensive player in sight. He's another player who could use some confidence and I'm pretty sure that clean sheet would give him a bit of life. Solid for most of the game. They would have been grateful to see Cornet limping and glad Rodriguez only had a few minutes on the court. Nonetheless, they did the basics - stuck with their husbands, spaced them well, kept a clean line. Willock is great at tackling tackles and winning a ball, but he's not a defensive midfielder. We need him to link up with the attack, and I hope Eddie Howe understands that. Shelvey had a good game. Allan Saint-Maximin finally penetrated the middle and got involved in a game to full effect. Good appearance from everyone involved. He made a tough chance look easy with a great finish that was reminiscent of Pukki's goal last time. Good game all round. Joelinton performed well too and looks like a confident man. He recorded a few shots where he would have passed the ball in the past. This team lacks big names but no skills. All they need is a manager to make them do their best. Eddie Howe seems to instill this confidence in the players and is gradually cementing his 442-4231 formation with the players. That weekend he made the right substitutions and switched to a five-man chain at the right time. Great starting grid and a great result. You'll be forgiven for thinking we won the Champions League full-time with that roar. SJP rocked the final minutes, giving the players the much-needed boost to end the game. Finally three points and even one goal! Who knows what could happen if we play the big boys in the coming weeks? What a time to be a Geordie !!!!

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Everton, Leeds United and Newcastle United vie ...

Everton, Leeds United and Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing the 30-year-old Juventus ace in the January transfer window. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleEverton, Leeds United and Newcastle United are examining the possibility of securing Aaron Ramsey's services in the January transfer window, according to a report from the Italian outlet Calciomercato.it. However, while the Whites are only considering a credit setback, the Toffees and Magpies are ready to sign the 30-year-old on a permanent basis. Aaron Ramsey joined Juventus as a free agent in July 2019 after his Arsenal contract expired. It's gotten worse and worse for the 30-year-old this season, Massimiliano Allegri doesn't like him. However, the decline in his stature has no impact on potential applicants as Everton, Leeds United and Newcastle United are interested in him. Everton's interest is understandable when you consider that Rafael Benitez is currently facing a terrible injury crisis that has severely paralyzed his squad. So the Toffees are looking for several reinforcements for the January transfer window with Ramsey being a workable target to bolster their midfield. As for Leeds, the slow start of their campaign has forced the Whites to be on the lookout for potential midfield additions. As a result, the Whites have been linked to several midfielders, including Ross Barkley, with Ramsey also being a viable target. Finally, Newcastle United's much-anticipated squad overhaul could begin with the signing of Ramsey, who was identified as a possible target in January. However, Newcastle and Everton should have an advantage in the race to sign Ramsey as they are ready to sign him on a permanent basis, which fits in ideally with what Juventus are up to with the 30-year-old. Leeds, on the flip side, will only want to sign him on one initial before discussing a possible full transfer this summer. Juventus would prefer to redeem Ramsey as soon as possible, although it will be interesting to see if either Newcastle or Everton are ready to meet their price. If not, Leeds could be an option to sign the Welsh midfielder ace. Nonetheless, a return to the Premier League could be an option for Ramsey, albeit with a club smaller than Arsenal and Juventus.

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