Marco Silva can kick-start Everton reign by defying history at Arsenal | Paul Wilson

Everton haven’t won at Arsenal for more than 20 years – Silva would put down a marker with a result this weekend The last time Everton won at Arsenal the manager in the home dugout was Bruce Rioch, Newcastle were runaway league leaders and Kevin Keegan was still a couple of months away from his famous “I’d love it” outburst. Attempting to break the 22-year hoodoo on Sunday is Marco Silva, the fourth Everton manager to take up the challenge in the last four seasons, and at least the Portuguese can say he has first-hand experience of finishing in front at the Emirates. Continue reading...

Arsenal v Everton: match preview

Arsenal scored five against Everton home and away in the league last season and Marco Silva’s side appear to have improved very little defensively. The same goes for Unai Emery as both teams are yet to keep a clean sheet in all competitions. Richarlison’s return from suspension will certainly give Everton a lift but Arsenal still have the bigger guns in attack. The last time Emery’s side failed to beat Everton at home in the league was 2013. Graham Searles Sunday 4pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Richarlison: ‘Neymar is an idol of mine … I’ve imitated his haircuts’

The Everton forward is ecstatic after two goals on his Brazil debut and remembers when family and friends doubted his potentialRicharlison was alone in a hotel room in Maryland following an unforgettable full debut for Brazil last week. The two goals the Everton forward scored in a 5-0 defeat of El Salvador were on repeat on his phone. In his possession was the shirt worn at FedExField by Neymar, whose haircuts the 21-year-old imitated as a boy and whose goals he tries to replicate as a man. “God bless you golden boy,” was the message written on the No 10 jersey from Richarlison’s idol. So much to take in, yet his thoughts drifted from the mementos of a magical night towards a tough childhood in Nova Venécia, and the family and friends who doubted his ability to fulfil a dream. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Ryan Fraser ran Leicester ragged; Neil Warnock will not tolerate more Cardiff mistakes; and Rafael Benítez needs a new plan Jürgen Klopp was asked to describe his emotions during stoppage time in the 2-1 victory at Tottenham. His dominant Liverpool team had led 2-0 going into it but they conceded to Érik Lamela in the 93rd minute to set up a nervy finale. “I would love to say it is the first time in my life I have been in a situation like that but it happens so often,” Klopp said. “My wife hates it.” The Liverpool manager would not have gone through the wringer if some of his players – Sadio Mané, in particular – had played in a teammate when they ought to have done. If there was one criticism of Liverpool’s best performance of the season it was the lack of ruthlessness and, even, traces of Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Substitute Lucas Pérez was not ready, says West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini

• Michail Antonio came on as Pérez had not warmed up
• Pellegrini denies West Ham owners put him under pressureManuel Pellegrini said Lucas Pérez was left on the bench during West Ham United’s win at Everton as he was not ready to replace the injured Marko Arnautovic. Pérez was clearly unhappy at the decision of the West Ham manager, who celebrated his 65th birthday at Goodison Park with a crucial first win of the Premier League season. The summer signing from Arsenal was Pellegrini’s preferred choice to replace Arnautovic when he sustained a knee injury shortly after scoring West Ham’s third goal but, as he had not warmed up, Michail Antonio was sent on instead. Continue reading...

West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko proves his worth with match-winning display at Everton | Jonathan Wilson

Ukrainian winger provides perfect birthday gift for Manuel Pellegrini after scoring twice to earn his side a first league win of the season and lift them out of the relegation zoneIn West Ham’s situation any win will do. They are off the mark, off the bottom of the table and, on Manuel Pellegrini’s 65th birthday, they ensured they avoided the worst start to a league season in the club’s history. In the goals and all-round performance of Andriy Yarmolenko there were even tentative signs that the summer signings may turn out to offer some value. But nobody should be sounding the all-clear just yet: West Ham will face few opponents as sloppy and lacklustre as Everton were at the back on Sunday. Related: Yarmolenko double against Everton helps West Ham to first league win Continue reading...

Yarmolenko double against Everton helps West Ham to first league win

The early season woes that surrounded Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham United felt like a trick of the mind as a first Premier League win of the season arrived with an assured, composed and confident triumph at Everton. It was pretty bubbles indeed for the West Ham manager and his travelling support as their losing streak was brought to a shuddering halt. Andriy Yarmolenko struck twice for his new club and the tireless Marko Arnautovic added a third as the visitors inflicted the first defeat of Marco Silva’s Everton tenure. The hosts were weak throughout but, even accounting for several notable absentees in the Everton ranks, West Ham brushed them aside in a manner that showed four consecutive losses from the start of the season had left no lasting damage on team morale. Continue reading...

If tapper-uppers won’t change their ways then penalty must be points | Daniel Taylor

It is unusual Watford have pressed their case against Everton over Marco Silva and more or less every club does it, but fines don’t deter and repeat offenders should lose pointsThe most blatant “tap” I ever heard about goes back to the days when it was quite the norm for the members of the FA’s international committee to use their positions as a way of making clandestine approaches to players from the England team. It was June 1977 and England had just played Brazil as part of a tour of South America, minus Don Revie on the pretext the manager was flying off to watch Italy, one of their opponents in the World Cup qualifiers (in reality, Revie was negotiating his contract in United Arab Emirates as part of his own exit strategy). The players were relaxing by the pool at their hotel on Copacabana beach when Peter Swales, Continue reading "If tapper-uppers won’t change their ways then penalty must be points | Daniel Taylor"

Everton v West Ham United: match preview

Four straight league defeats, including a woeful home display against Wolves last time out, have put Manuel Pellegrini under early pressure, with his team pointless at the bottom of the Premier League. Everton’s lengthy absentee list provides opportunity to correct that faltering start. Marco Silva has six players injured while Richarlison, who was badly missed in the home draw against Huddersfield, remains suspended. Summer signing Bernard is vying with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman for the Brazilian’s position. Andy Hunter Sunday 4pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Maurizio Sarri leads way for Premier League newcomers at Chelsea | Paul Wilson

The Italian has made the most impressive start of the seven managers new to the top flight or on fresh assignments, while doubts already dog Manuel Pellegrini and Neil WarnockThere are no fewer than seven new managers in the Premier League this season, four of them completely new – Maurizio Sarri, Unai Emery, Nuno Espírito Santo and Slavisa Jokanovic – and three others with previous experience but in new club situations. As the domestic programme returns with two from the latter group meeting at Goodison Park, it is already evident that at least one of the fresh faces – if Manuel Pellegrini has ever been thus described – is under pressure. Before we move into the nitty-gritty of the season, with everyone still in the period of grace that precedes the sack race, here is a quick résumé of how the new intake have fared in the first month. Continue reading "Maurizio Sarri leads way for Premier League newcomers at Chelsea | Paul Wilson"

Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri increases stake in club to 68.6%

• Monaco-based investor purchases further 18.7% of shares
• Expected to increase stake to 77.2% ‘no later than July 2019’Everton’s major shareholder and investor, Monaco-based Farhad Moshiri, has taken his ownership of the club above 50% with the purchase of a further 18.7% of the shares, the club has announced. The club confirmed in a statement that Iranian-born Moshiri had agreed to extend his shareholding, which is held via his Isle of Man registered company Blue Heaven Holdings, when he first bought 49.9% of the club in March 2016. At that time, documents registered in the Isle of Man showed that Everton’s three remaining substantial shareholders, the chairman Bill Kenwright, director Jon Woods and long-term shareholder Arthur Abercromby, had agreed to sell further shares to Moshiri. The club said Moshiri expects to purchase further shares and take his ownership above 75%, effectively the threshold for Continue reading "Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri increases stake in club to 68.6%"

Playmaker Pickford recognises the limits of his footballing ability

The England goalkeeper’s talent with his feet makes him a trailblazer for his country but he says tricks are a step too far It was Ruud Gullit who gave us the line about “a goalkeeper is a goalkeeper because he can’t play football” and, though that can probably be held against him now, it is also fair to say not many people would have argued when he said it, in 1997, as the player-manager of Chelsea. Related: More talent, fewer minutes: English players suffering in Premier League Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Emery should change his tactics or his keeper, Sarri is getting his message across at Chelsea and it’s been a rough start for Burnley and West Ham Unai Emery must have known the question was coming, and the answer, a bit like Petr Cech’s goalkeeping, was not wholly convincing. Arsenal’s manager was asked after their victory over Cardiff whether he is still confident that Cech, at the age of 36, can develop and adapt to the style of play that he is determined to introduce, namely passing the ball out from the back at every opportunity. Cech had looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet against Manchester City, prompting the manager to be quizzed about whether he would turn to Bernd Leno, the new No 2 from Germany, and that debate is unlikely to go away after another afternoon that threatened to turn into an ordeal for Cech. Either Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Everton v Huddersfield Town: match preview

David Wagner bemoaned a lack of quality in the final third as Huddersfield’s winless start to the season extended to the Carabao Cup at Stoke City in midweek. His team have scored only once in four matches so far and must capitalise on Marco Silva’s selection problems to turn their campaign at Goodison Park. Everton are unbeaten under their new manager but have three injured central defenders while Richarlison is suspended following his foolish dismissal at Bournemouth last weekend. Andy Hunter Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Kurt Zouma insists Chelsea career is not over despite Everton loan

• French centre-back under contract at Stamford Bridge to 2023
• ‘I want to show I can come back … I need some game time’Kurt Zouma has insisted a loan to Everton does not signal the end of his Chelsea career and he will ultimately prove himself at Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old is expected to make his full debut for Marco Silva’s team against Rotherham United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday with Michael Keane out with a hairline skull fracture and Phil Jagielka suspended. Related: Everton’s Michael Keane out for a month with hairline skull fracture Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal’s defence requires urgent attention; Bournemouth cannot keep relying on their powers of recovery; Wolves’ Rui Patricio has produced an early contender for save of the season Arsenal’s defending against West Ham was a shambles. Their back four were constantly disconnected while the midfield in front of them offered as much protection as a piece of tissue in a storm gun fight. West Ham scored once but should have racked up more. These are, of course, early days in Unai Emery’s time at Arsenal and with a new manager comes a period of adjustment. But having conceded six goals in their opening three games of the season, there needs to be notable improvement soon – what is encouraging is the players appear aware of that, too. “When we do not have the ball we have to make fouls. Then we don’t take the counterattack,” the centre‑back Sokratis Papastathopoulos said. It Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"