Jagielka the hero as Everton dents Arsenal’s top four hopes

Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League were dented yesterday as Everton captain Phil Jagielka took advantage of an unexpected late recall to score the winner in a dominant 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.

The veteran defender, who was brought into the team for a rare appearance after Michael Keane had to withdraw in the warm-up through illness, scored after 10 minutes to earn his side a well-deserved third straight league win.

It marked a significant setback for disappointing Arsenal, who remain fourth in the table but missed an opportunity to leap ahead of their third-placed north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Unai Emery’s side stay on 63 points, one behind Spurs, level with fifth-placed Chelsea and two clear of Manchester United in an increasingly tight battle for the Champions League berths.

The experienced Jagielka proved Everton’s unlikely hero after his late call-up, becoming the oldest goalscorer in the league this season at 36 years 233 days when he poked home his finish after Arsenal failed to clear Lucas Digne’s long throw.

The ball had fallen kindly after Dominic Calvert-Lewin got the final touch on to him in the aerial battle, allowing Jagielka to score his first league goal in two years and become Everton’s second-oldest marksman in the Premier League era.

“I’m not normally a match-winner, full stop,” laughed the former England defender on Sky Sports. “They’re the best goals, the little tap-ins from two or three yards.”

His goal signalled a hungry and aggressive display from Everton who, while moving up to ninth on 46 points, could have won far more convincingly if Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison had converted any of the side’s 23 attempts on goal.

“We got one goal but could have scored a few more,” added Jagielka.

He earned special praise from delighted Everton manager Marco Silva, who told the BBC: “He was to start on the bench, but showed how he is a good professional and prepares himself for what the coach and team needs. He is always ready to help the team.”

Arsenal, who have conceded at least one goal in every league away match this season, came closest with one curling second-half effort from Henrikh Mkhitaryan but were outplayed and outfought by Silva’s team.

They had only two attempts on target in the whole match and, with Mesut Ozil failing to offer much inspiration as captain for the day, endured one of their more frustrating lacklustre away days. Arsenal’s frustration became obvious when the two managers were involved in a brief confrontation in the second half.

“The football is emotional. He wants the best for his team, I want the best for mine. At the end we spoke together and everything is normal,” said Silva.

Arsenal boss Emery felt his team would have to rebound swiftly as they prepared to face Napoli in a Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.

“It was not a good result today but we are still fourth,” said the Spaniard. “We lost and we need to get up quickly and find the next step.”


Everton 2-0 Chelsea: blues ‘top four’ hopes dented



– Richarlison powered a header into the roof of the net to give the Toffees the lead early in the second half

– Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled Everton’s advantage after initially having his penalty saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga

– Chelsea suffered a setback in the race for the top four as Everton eased past Maurizo Sarri’s side on Sunday

– The Blues sit sixth in the Premier League, while Everton remain 11th after the landmark win for Marco Silva


Here at last was a glimpse of what Everton could be under Marco Silva. Smart aggressive, energetic and inventive; not to mention clinical. They only managed it for half an hour but against this inconsistent and maddening Chelsea team it was enough.

So this was a big win for Silva, maybe his biggest of his up and down first season at Everton. He was brought to lift people from their seats like this. There has not been nearly enough of it over the course of the year but here his team recovered from a flat first half to overrun Chelsea.

Really poor for 45 minutes, Everton improved beyond recognition and scored twice – through Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson – in the space of 25 minutes to remind us just what an atmospheric place Goodison Park can be when the home team’s blood is up.

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Goodison Park

For Chelsea and their coach Maurizio Sarri, it was all greatly disappointing and a little familiar.

Chelsea have recovered a little since they were dismantled by both Manchester clubs in February. Indeed, in the first half they were the better team by a distance, completely controlling the game.

But once Everton emerged for the second period seemingly determined to show themselves in a better light, Chelsea could not cope and this is does not say terribly much for their depths of reserve. Some of Chelsea’s performances this season have caused people to ask just how much they care for their Italian coach. This was not one of those days but, still, their reaction to falling behind was not good enough.

This was an opportunity to move level on points with Arsenal in fourth place and that they ultimately failed by such a distance suggests this is a group of players missing something very important as the tussle for the Champions League places intensifies.


Tutaambia nini watu: Kenyans react following Gor Mahia’s 4-0 loss to Everton

Kenyan football fans have made their feelings known following KPL champions, Gor Mahia’s 4-0 loss to English giants Everton, on Tuesday night at Goodison park stadium.

Video of the day: Raila Odinga’s pep talk for Gor Mahia will make your year!

K’ogalo put up a spirited fight against a much changed Everton side and would have settled for a much desirable scoreline but the Toffees added two more goals towards stoppage time through Nathan Broadhead and Oumar Niasse to seal the deserved victory.

The Toffees head coach Marco Silva fielded a different team from the team that played Brighton over the weekend with Yerry Mina getting his maiden start.

Everton dominated the match and took a two nil lead at the break through Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell.

Gor had a chance to reduce deficit but Francis Moustapha shot wide in an open net. Kogallo were using the match to prepare for the new Kenyan premier league season.

Below are some of the reactions from the local fans.

Raila Odinga and Sports CS Rashid visit Gor Mahia in the UK

Poa internet: It didn’t go exactly as we had thought lakini we can’t consider this a failure it’s a good opportunity for us to improve

Odhiambo: Embarrassed but it’s okay we just didn’t play our game the team Fielded was beatable it’s only that we were kind of afraid of the name

Daktari: Tutaaambia Nini Watu????😪😭😭😭😭😭Bakini Uku Tuu… Msirudi Yani number Of Kenyan Presidents….Kila Prezzo Na Bao Yake😭😭😭😡😡😡

Drexdala: When u lose u become famous. When u win u become legends. The fame is enough…Thank You

Arsenal 2-0 Everton: Lacazette and Aubameyang strike to seal victory

– There was very little between Arsenal and Everton in the first half but Richarlison came closest to scoring

– Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring after 56 minutes with a sublime curling finish into the top corner

– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their lead from close range just minutes later from an offside position

-Defeat continued Everton’s poor away form in the league and they now have just three wins in their last 30

So it turned out that the pattern of this game was set within the opening two minutes. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was played clear on goal but was denied by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech when he should have scored or at least passed to a better placed team-mate.

At the time it seemed a little careless but also forgivable. It looked as though the young forward was simply caught a little cold by such an early opportunity. It happens.

Sadly for Everton, it turned out that the miss was the opening act of a depressing and ultimately damaging pattern. The better team for periods of this game, Marco Silva’s side played with ambition and enterprise but when it came to scoring goals fell well short.

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By full-time, Everton had created half a dozen good chances and Cech had saved them all. The Arsenal goalkeeper deserves credit for that but at the same time he shouldn’t have been given a prayer with some of them.

So it was always likely that Everton would pay a heavy price against an Arsenal team that is not yet thoroughly convincing but remains capable of hurting teams.

Sure enough, two goals in three second half minutes eventually earned Arsenal the win and it was fitting that they came from two forwards in whom Arsenal have invested in the region of £100m.

Everton continue to suffer from the fact they have never adequately replaced striker Romelu Lukaku, sold for big money to Manchester United in 2017. Arsenal have at least given it a go in that regard and here it was Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored the goals that eventually separated these teams.

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Everton announce Marco Silva as new manager. Here’s what you need to know about him

Marco Silva has finally landed the Everton manager’s job, nearly seven months after they first started pursuing him.

The 40-year-old Portuguese immediately told fans he wanted to make them ‘proud’ of their team again and ‘build a great connection between the squad and the fans’ after the unhappy end of the Sam Allardyce era, which saw angry supporters increasingly vent their feelings towards the board.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wanted Silva as manager last November after sacking Ronald Koeman, but was forced instead to turn to Allardyce after Watford complained about an approach for their then manager.

Silva was sacked by Watford in January, with the club making clear they believed Everton’s approach was the cause for their subsequent poor form. Allardyce, meanwhile, left Goodison Park earlier this month after an underwhelming six-month stint and unrest over his drab style of football.

But Everton have got their man at last. Silva’s deal is expected to last for three years and it is the latest step in the overhaul of the club’s management after the arrival of new director of football Marcel Brands, who has replaced Steve Walsh.

‘I’m really proud to be the new Everton manager,’ Silva told evertontv. ‘I’m excited and I’m really happy to take this big challenge for us as a club and for me as a manager.

‘I want to express my thanks to Farhad, to the chairman (Bill Kenwright), to the board of directors and to Marcel as well for the confidence in my work. I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I’m sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this challenge.

‘We have a lot of work to do in this next month and it is important to prepare everything in the right way. But there will be even more important work to do from the start of pre-season into the first Premier League match of next season.

‘I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch. I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.

‘We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.

‘Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the club. The club is changing its approach. But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the club.

‘Everybody knows Everton’s history. When you are a club like Everton, you only have one solution – to aim to win. In football it is impossible to win every match but we must do everything to show in every game that we have ambition. That is what I want and I’m sure we will show that every single week.’

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Wayne Rooney handed open-ended return to Everton as a coach

Wayne Rooney, who is still deciding whether to accept an offer from DC United to end his career in Major League Soccer, has an open-ended invitation to return to Everton afterwards.

It is understood Rooney has already been told he would be welcome back as a coach at Goodison Park any time in the future. Rooney revealed that was his long-term aim in an interview with Jamie Carragher last February.

Having a guarantee of being able to start his coaching career at his hometown club might be one good reason why the 32-year-old goes to the USA for two or three seasons.

Certainly, there are influential figures at Everton who believe Rooney would benefit on and off the field from a spell in the US before moving into coaching, especially living with his family in the US capital. However, chairman Bill Kenwright is known to want Rooney to play on at Goodson.


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Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce Thrilled After Landing Theo Walcott

Sam Allardyce believes new Everton signing Theo Walcott will bring “excitement” to Goodison Park.

England forward Walcott, 28, completed his switch from Arsenal to the Toffees on a three-and-a-half-year contract on Wednesday evening.

The fee is undisclosed but Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window reportedly cost £20million.

Allardyce said he should have been more “boring” with his team selection after watching Everton get thumped 4-0 by Tottenham on Saturday.

But the Toffees boss could not hide his delight at beating off competition from Walcott’s former club Southampton to land his man.

“I am thrilled,” Allardyce told evertontv. “There was a bit of a chase between a couple of clubs but I think after we set out the ambitions of the club and my ambitions for him he was motivated to come here and refreshed in his mind by the new challenge he can put upon himself.

“He is at a prime age. The prime age of a professional footballer is between 25, 26 and 30, 31. That is when they appear, by all research today, to be at the peak of their careers.

“We have not got too many players in that age bracket in the squad, so he adds one to that. He has a lot of experience and will hopefully provide a lot of excitement for the Everton fans and for us, in terms of getting results, assists and scoring goals.”

Walcott, a double FA Cup winner with Arsenal, says he made the switch in a bid to win more trophies.

“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” he told the club’s website.

“I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction.

“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now.”

The move brings to an end Walcott’s 12-year spell at Arsenal, for whom he scored 108 goals in 397 appearances.


FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW: Liverpool To Host Everton and Man United Face Derby

A Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton was the pick of an exciting FA Cup third-round draw.

The Stanley Park rivals meet at Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League and that will again be the venue when they face each other over the first weekend of January.

Not since 1932 have they been drawn together at this stage of the competition, when Liverpool were 2-1 winners at Goodison Park.

Of the Premier League’s other top-six clubs, leaders Manchester City host Burnley, Chelsea are away at Norwich City, Manchester United face Derby County at Old Trafford and Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest.


Ipswich Town v Sheffield United

Watford v Bristol City

Birmingham City v Burton Albion

Liverpool v Everton

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough United

Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan

Coventry City v Stoke City

Newport County v Leeds United

Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town

Port Vale v Bradford City

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Brentford v Notts County

Queens Park Rangers v MK Dons

Manchester United v Derby County

Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion

Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon

Middlesbrough v Sunderland

Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester City

Blackburn Rovers or Crewe Alexandra v Hull City

Cardiff City v Mansfield Town

Manchester City v Burnley

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swansea City

Stevenage v Reading

Newcastle United v Luton Town

Millwall v Barnsley

Fulham v Southampton

Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End

Norwich City v Chelsea

Gillingham or Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday

Ties will take place from 5-7 January 2018