Everton went into last weekend’s FA Cup match with Arsenal looking to progress to the semifinals of the competition, but they are left humiliated after a 4-1 thrashing by the gunners.
Even though they had drawn the previous league meeting at the Emirates stadium 1-1, this match was over as a contest long before the final whistle. Olivier Giroud scored two goals, while Romelu Lukaku provided the only consolation for Everton. On the positive side, this defeat means that the club can return to focus on the league, where they have not been doing well in recent months.
Everton brought in Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow during the January transfer window, but the 27-year-old has only started featuring for the team. Roberto Martinez has revealed that the winger has suffered from a serious loss of fitness after being frozen out of the first-team reckoning at Russian club.
He says that McGeady will be one of the best players in the Premier league once his form and fitness returns. He expects the player to be ready for 90 minutes in the next few weeks, as he has been preparing with extremely hard in training.
The manager of Everton, Roberto Martinez, has said that his team might not get the services of Ross Barkley for the next one and half months.
The 20 years old central midfielder from England had injured himself while playing for the Toffees in the FA Cup match against Queens Park Rangers a few days back. He didn’t feature in Everton’s match against Norwich City last weekend and Martinez reckons that the player might have suffered a fracture.
English Premier League club Everton has escalated their interest in Diogo Viana, the Portuguese midfielder. In August, a leading sports website stated that Everton manager Roberto Martinez was closely monitoring the ace.
Since then Viana has continued his magnificent form for the high flying Gil Vicente in Portuguese Primeira Liga. Now, Everton must pay # 4.2 million to snatch him before Swansea City as they are also interested to get his service.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez made a significant tactical change at half-time by bringing on hold on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in the match against West Ham. The Belgian international made a significant contribution as he created one and scored the other, as Everton managed a 3-2 win.
Everton are with the fear that two of their main players – Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini – maybe prized away by other clubs before the end of the transfer window. Both players have been subjected to threats from clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea in the last few months.
United were the first club to make an official approach for Baines a few weeks ago. They made a £ 12 million offer for the 28-year-old England international, which was rejected by Everton immediately. It was hoped that United will be successful with the bid if they offered £ 18 million for the player.
Everton manager David Moyes, who was recently revealed as the next Manchester United manager, has said that he wants to sign off in style by getting Everton to their highest ever points total in the Premier league.
Everton will be taking on Chelsea in the final game of the season. The best ever points tally achieved by Everton was back in 2007-08 when they managed 65 points. They can overtake that achievement by a single point with a win over Chelsea. Despite the announcement that he would leave the club, Everton managed to put a good show against West Ham last weekend.
The Everton defender Leighton Baines has been one of the best left backs in the world according to the manager David Moyes. The 28-year-old has been in stunning form for both club and country, which has even led to the talk of him replacing Ashley Cole as the main defender for the England national team.
He has been linked with several clubs like Manchester United over the years, while Everton have been holding out for a fee in the region of £ 20 million. The defender was once again at this imperious best in the match against West Brom during the midweek action.
The Everton manager David Moyes has revealed that he will not be making any buys on a permanent basis in the January transfer window because he does not have enough money. Hence, he will have to rely on loan deals in order to strengthen his squad.
David Moyes has always been content with the fact that he does not have a lot of money to spend. This situation has worsened recent years with the club has had a lot of financial difficulties, which have even restricted the ability to bring in replacements for players like Jack Rodwell who have left in the summer.
The Everton manager David Moyes has expressed his displeasure at the way the referee Michael Oliver turned down a number of good shouts for a penalty in the recent 1-1 draw with Arsenal.