Arsenal 5 – Everton 1
When Sam Allardyce was appointed to be Everton’s manager, Big Sam was being hired for his record in beating the drop.
Is Allardyce still intent on showing Everton fans just how capable his is of narrowly staving off relegation?
Everton were appalling on Saturday in the Premier League at Arsenal, where the match was over by the break.
Aaron Ramsey was the stand out performer with a hat-trick. Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his home debut claimed three assists.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also notched his first goal for the Gunners on his Arsenal debut.
Laurent Koscielny was also on the scoresheet for Arsenal. And, Dominic Calvert-Lewin grabbed what was only a consolation for Everton.
Fears for Everton’s Cenk Tosun
Many questioned Sam Allardyce’s tactics at Arsenal. Rather than start with 27 million pound signing Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse began in attack.
Elsewhere, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney were left on the bench for the 90 minutes.
Eliaquim Mangala was also thrown into the deep end in the Toffees defence, and the Man City loanee had a terrible performance.
After the game Big Sam didn’t mince his words about Everton’s showing.
He labelled the performance as “crap”, while Allardyce also had some alarming words about Tosun.
The Turk replace Niasse in the 78th minute, and Everton fans are wondering when they’ll see him again. Big Sam said:
He’s had service to him that he’s not held up and he’s found it a bit of a struggle at this level because of the pace and the physicality of the game.
So his service hasn’t been too bad but his hold up play hasn’t been like it was at Besiktas so that’s why he’s not starting the games at the minute because he’s finding it tough going like every player does, particularly when they come in January.
I said we wanted goals, he scored goals in the Champions League and with Besiktas but may not hit the ground running for us. He hasn’t done that yet, I’m sure he will do eventually.
I’m more concerned about the other players than I am about Cenk. I’m more likely to feed him slowly and give him a bit more time over the next few weeks and hopefully by the end of the season he starts games.
Got a little overlooked yesterday but Allardyce saying this on Cenk Tosun – "He's had service to him that he's not held up. He's found it a bit of a struggle at this level because of the pace & physicality of the game." – sounded like Koeman talking about Sandro in September #efc
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) February 4, 2018
Why is Cenk Tosun not playing for Everton? Am I missing something? Seems utterly bizarre
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) February 3, 2018
— Nick Clark (@ToffeeClark) February 1, 2018