Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were once again left underwhelmed by their side after seeing the Toffees lose 5-2 at home to Arsenal on Sunday, a defeat which resulted in their descent into the Premier League’s bottom three.
Ronald Koeman’s men went into their clash with the North London giants having won just two of their opening eight Premier League matches, but they made a fast start at Goodison Park as Wayne Rooney gave them a 12th minute lead. However, that only served to rile Arsene Wenger’s side even further and unanswered goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey gave them a 4-1 lead, and although Oumar Niasse got one back for the hosts, it was Alexis Sanchez who had the final say by scoring a fine goal in the last minute to seal a 5-2 victory for the visitors.
And another league defeat, their fifth of the campaign already, has raised further question marks about the future of manager Koeman, yet recent reports from the BBC suggest that the Dutchman is likely to remain in charge when his side travel to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
The 54-year-old took over at Goodison Park back in the summer of 2016 after impressing at Premier League rivals Southampton, and led the Toffees to a seventh place finish in his first season in charge last time out, which resulted in bringing Europa League football back to the Merseyside club.
And following a summer in which they spent in excess of £100 million on new players, expectations were high that they could bridge the gap to the top six this season, but they have shown anything but with just two wins and six goals from their first nine matches.
However, it appears that Koeman will remain at the helm for their trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, but whether he is able to convince the Everton hierarchy of his ability to turn things round at Goodison Park very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: It has been a testing few months for Everton and manager Ronald Koeman, whose future remains hugely unclear following their 5-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, their fifth Premier League loss of the season.
The Dutchman has slowly but surely been losing the support of the Goodison Park faithful and many boos and jeers were heard at full time on Sunday as well, yet it appears that he will remain in charge for their trip to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Defeat at Stamford Bridge wouldn’t be overly surprising, despite Chelsea’s recent struggles, but the time has come whereby Everton have to start winning football matches, and another loss this week, especially if the manner of the performance hasn’t improved, could signal the end of the Dutchman’s time at Everton.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!