Everton supporters were again left to drown their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern on Sunday after seeing the Toffees lose 5-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League, a defeat which saw the Merseyside outfit fall into the relegation zone.
Ronald Koeman’s men went into their clash with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners having won just two of their opening eight league games, but made a fast start at Goodison Park as Wayne Rooney, almost 15 years to the day since he arrived on the scene with a stunning goal against Arsenal, gave them the lead after 12 minutes. However, the visitors hit back and asserted their dominance with goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey giving them a 4-1 lead, and although Oumar Niasse bagged a late consolation for the Toffees, Alexis Sanchez condemned manager Koeman to further misery with a fifth late on.
Idrissa Gueye’s second half red card did little to improve what is clearly becoming a crisis at Everton, even more so given the defeat on Sunday saw Koeman’s side fall into the Premier League’s bottom three, having picked up just eight points from nine matches.
However, there was one bright spark in an otherwise miserable display by the Toffees on Sunday, namely that of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who made a string of impressive saves to keep the home side very much in the contest until the latter stages.
The 23-year-old made the move to Goodison Park over the summer and is one of a few signings who have proven their worth so far this season, and his display against Arsenal stimulated quite a response from several Evertonians on Twitter.
And it’s fair to say that many were delighted with his performance, while also feeling somewhat sorry for him given how poor the Toffees have been so far this season…
One thing I will say. Despite getting battered, again! Jordan Pickford is one hell of a keeper. #efc
— James Murphy (@MurphsJplace) October 22, 2017
It official we’re a one man team and that’s Pickford #efc
— Mr Whinger (@mrwhinger) October 22, 2017
At least pickford is decent #EFC
— steve brown (@scouse51976) October 22, 2017
I feel sorry for pickford #efc
— Bluenose (@SeanRobinson09) October 22, 2017
Pickford stopped this from being double figures. Like genuinely. That’s not even an over-reaction or exaggeration could have been 11 or 12 without him. #EFC
— Charlie Maines (@CharlieMaines) October 22, 2017
— Peter Jones (@PGJ9) October 22, 2017
— Stephen Chapman (@steve_chappie) October 22, 2017
— Josh Kennedy-Clarke (@Josh_KC_) October 22, 2017
— Mike (@Ade4179) October 22, 2017
— Dan mannion (@ManDannion) October 22, 2017