Date: 8th February 2018 at 6:36pm
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Everton supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team go down 5-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, in turn suffering their 11th defeat of the campaign.

Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Gunners off the back of beating Leicester City 2-1 at Goodison Park in midweek, in what was their first league success in 2018. Yet the Toffees were unable to back that up in North London on Saturday as a hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey as well as strikes from Laurent Koscielny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a comprehensive victory for Arsene Wenger’s side, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half effort nothing more than a consolation for the travelling Everton fans.

Consequently, there have been many frustrated Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, although they are likely to be slightly encouraged by recent comments from Allardyce in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference (via the club’s official Twitter handle), with the Toffees chief providing a boost on the injury front.

The Merseyside outfit went into the 2017/18 campaign without the services of Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, and Ramiro Funes Mori due to injury, while the likes of James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, and Maarten Stekelenburg have also suffered long-term issues as the season has progressed.

However, Allardyce conveyed some good news in his pre-match press conference by suggesting that the injury situation is now the ‘best since I’ve been here’, with the likes of Baines and Stekelenburg reportedly nearing a return to action.

And this is sure to come as good news to our resident Everton fans, with it clear that Allardyce is nearing a full squad to choose from ahead of their final 12 league games of the season.

Landlord’s verdict: Everton have certainly had their fair share of bad luck regarding injuries this season, with the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, and Ramiro Funes Mori all starting the campaign on the sidelines.

Add in mid-season issues for Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, and Maarten Stekelenburg, and things haven’t been easy for manager Sam Allardyce, although he has conveyed some good news in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference by admitting that the injury situation is now the ‘best’ since he took over back in November.

And after their 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal last week, any good news to surely going to lift the spirits of our resident Evertonians ahead of their vital clash with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles on Saturday.

Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!