Freddie Ljungberg’s short reign at the helm came to a disappointing end as Everton and Arsenal played out a dour 0-0 draw in the sunshine at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.
New Managers; Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta both watched the encounter from the stands and would probably leave them both realising they both have a lot of work to do after Christmas taking over from Duncan Ferguson and Freddie Ljungberg respectively.
There was very little in terms of chances to report, with Martinelli (man of the match for me!) almost scoring win the first half, then Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saving really well from Aubameyang after the restart. Everton didn’t record a shot on target, the first time apparently they have done this at home since 2018, when they lost 2-0 to Manchester United.
This was amazingly our first 0-0 draw in 77 Premier League games, the last one was away at West Ham in December 2017.
Arteta will be scratching his head about what needs to be done, and what an utter mess Emery has left the side in, despite Freddie’s best efforts to rally the troops during his short tenure. The good news to come out of the game has to be the clean sheet, but the lack of many real chances in front of goal will surely be cause for concern for the Spaniard.
Mikel Arteta will now take charge properly at Bournemouth next week where we’d hope to get the cheeky little lego-haired Spaniard off to a winning start on the South Coast!