Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sam Allardyce "very angry" with Everton players after Arsenal defeat

Sam Allardyce

"I've got Yannick Bolasie who cost 30 million quid and I've got Theo Walcott who cost 20 million quid and both of them have got a lot more experience than Ademola Lookman".

The former England manager barely had a half decent word to say about any of his players' performances during the defeat, claiming that the players did not follow any of his tactical instructions. I'm angry - very angry - at the players performing to that level.

Walcott won three FA Cups with Arsenal.

The win was Everton's first in eight matches across all competitions, and also their first against a team now above them in the table all season.

Everton face a tough test on Saturday evening, when they make the long trip to London to take on Arsenal in the Premier League, but they are hoping to have Seamus Coleman available for the match, according to the official Everton website.

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However, Everton lacked discipline, with new loan signing Eliaquim Mangala - signed on loan from Manchester City on transfer deadline day - enduring a awful debut. We studied how Swansea played and we set out to play like that. If you think that Arsenal didn't play their best then think how the Everton players and fans are feeling this morning!

Everton have improved since Allardyce took charge but a 5-1 thumping away to Walcott's former club Arsenal has hindered their charge. We didn't implement my plans either defensively or offensively and the game was dead and buried. He made us play, he got amongst the Arsenal midfield, he got us going forward.

"It doesn't matter what system I pick, it's about players playing to their best". Everton were all over the place. "And they're two of the youngest players showing the older players what they should have performed like", he said.

"There are no easy negotiations with Arsenal, believe me, but eventually the insistence for the first time ever from Theo that he wanted to leave, plus the respect they have for each other and the service he gave, probably was a factor".

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