Everton – Arsenal: Teams In Need Of Serious Overhaul Produce Goalless Draw (0-0)

In a clash of interim managers on their last day of duty, Everton and Arsenal put together a bad match of football. Neither team deserved the win, and a 0-0 draw might be the only fitting outcome for this dreadful fixture, that only proved how much these clubs are in need of fresh ideas.

Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias

It is not going well at both of these football clubs. For all their resources and ambitions to penetrate the Premier League’s famous top six, going into this match Everton were sixteenth, while Arsenal were not doing any better at the tenth spot. 

If it is not going well at a football club, the manager will be sacked sooner or later. This recently happened at both Everton and Arsenal, meaning this match served as a rather unique direct confrontation between two interim managers on their last day of duty, as two newly appointed managers - Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta – watched the game from the front row of the director’s seat.

Everton’s interim manager Duncan Ferguson has relied on a good ol’ British 4-4-2 formation during his time at the helm. It is held together by a central midfield pairing of Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurðsson, flanked by playmaking attacker Alex Iwobi from the left and all-rounder Tom Davies from the right. Up top the explosive striker duo Richarlison - Dominic Calvert-Lewin is an exciting pairing, with Calvert-Lewin serving as the linkup striker, while Richarlison goes in behind. 

Arsenal put out a starting eleven that was remarkably young. In a

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Erik Elias (29) is co-founder of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys other styles as well. [ View all posts ]


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