After being knocked out by Leicester City in the English Football League Cup in the midweek fixture, Everton had to carry on. In this round of the Premier League fixtures, they played against Arsenal at Goodison Park.
The game kicked off with an intriguing circumstance as both teams had identified their managers, so it was the last game for both caretaker managers, Duncan Ferguson and Freddie Ljungberg. However, this was not a meaningless game for the players, as they had to show their ability to the new bosses, while their teams needed the points.
Everton played in a 4-4-2 formation. Seamus Coleman, Bernard, and Michael Keane were left on the bench. Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina partnered at the centre of defence; Djibril Sidibé played as a right-back. Tom Davies, surprisingly, played on the right of the midfield. Fabian Delph recovered from a muscle injury and returned to the team.
Arsenal did not have Mesut Özil in this game since the German international was suffering from a foot injury. Youngsters Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, and Gabriel Martinelli also started the game. Big names such as Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé were meanwhile on the bench. Granit Xhaka had also returned to the squad. They played in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
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