Everton vs Arsenal – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates
Everton vs Arsenal LIVE: Mikel Arteta names new signing Jorginho on the bench as Thomas Partey starts… and Sean Dyche drops Demarai Gray in first XI as manager of the troubled Toffees
Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the Premier League clash between Everton and Arsenal.
They’re in the tunnel now, ready and raring to go.
The atmosphere is ramped even higher and the home support are belting out the tunes – there’s a feeling of optimism for Sean Dyche’s debut here, and you don really get the sense that none of the hostility before the game is aimed at the manager and his side.
Ramsdale and Pickford share a handshake as the England goalkeepers’ union reunites without one Mr. Pope.
Warm-ups are about wrapping up now at Goodison with a little over five to go until we get underway.
It’s surprisingly mild up on Merseyside this afternoon, at around 11 degrees, but a bit of a bluster blowing about in that famous ground.
🏃Time to get warm pic.twitter.com/XRImi3jTUV
About 10 minutes to go now until kick-off, and the DJ at Goodison is more than earning his keep today.
He’s been churning out hit after hit – mostly from the 80s, admittedly – for about an hour now, and he’s really looking to get this crowd going on such an emotionally-charged day.
Perhaps a little too on the nose, The Farm’s All Together Now is now going round the ground…
Bit of breaking news this morning – the Everton board have stayed away from Goodison Park.
They notable stayed away from the Southampton clash citing a concern for security, and will be absent this afternoon.
The peaceful walking protests before the game are thought to continue with a sit-in at the end of the match.
The Gunners also have a chance to make history this afternoon against an Everton side that they’ve clearly found quite tricky to get past in recent years.
They currently sit on 99 league wins against Everton, and could become the first team in English league history to make it 100 wins against one team.
There’s a feel of ‘adding insult to injury’ if that should come to happen this afternoon – facing the league leaders when you’re bereft of form, confidence and points is hardly what you want for your first game in charge of a new club.
But Everton fans – take solace in Unai Emery’s brilliant start at Villa. He came in with the club looking one of the contenders for relegation, and hammered Man United 3-1.
Sean Dyche offers his thoughts on his starting XI ahead of kick-off.
Always communicates very well, does Dyche.
He’s spoken about needing to earn the respect of a disgruntled support, and boy could he do that with a result today.
📺 | Sean Dyche discusses the reasons behind his first team selection ahead of #EVEARS…
Everton fans won’t want me to remind them of what happened last time these two faced off – a pretty comprehensive 5-1 win for the Gunners.
Goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard ensured Mikel Arteta’s side finished a disappointing season with a high.
And the visitors this afternoon have scored at least five on five different occasions against Everton, including four of their last 10. No side has scored five or more against a specific side.
There were several questions for Dyche about the footage released of his side doing the bleep test – an infamous fitness test mostly used in pre-season to measure fitness.
But the boss himself insisted it was not about improving his side’s endurance, but about getting a ‘measure’ of where his players are.
To read more about Dyche getting his new players sweating, click below.
There are further fan protest planned from Everton supporters to take place before kick-off today.
It is widely understood that the immediate disapproval is not aimed at Dyche and his side, but the board of directors and the way the club has been run in recent years.
But a strong showing here will go a real long way to quelling that discontent to some way.
There are shots showing a peaceful protest with fans walking slowly towards the stadium ahead of the game, as the support base waste no time in repeating their message to the club’s directors.
So it’s two changes from the hosts, with Gray and Mina coming out for McNeil and Doucoure as Dyche names his first starting XI as Everton boss.
The visitors were in action in the FA Cup since their last Premier League outing, but the Gunners name an unchanged side from their last league game, after beating United 3-2.
Arsenal’s three signings are on the bench, while Doucoure’s return will feel like a new face after his exile under Lampard.
And the visitors…
🔴 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 ⚪️
🧱 Saliba at the back
🪄 Odegaard in midfield
🖊 Martinelli on the wing
Let’s do this – together! ✊ pic.twitter.com/ATV1rmMVjt
Here’s the home side.
Sean Dyche's first XI 📋🔵#EVEARS pic.twitter.com/q37GFGCvtD
Well then, who wants some teams?
The starting XIs should be released in just a few moments.
We already know Everton will be without Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, Nathan Patterson, Andros Townsend and James Garner.
The Gunners have Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson out, while Thomas Partey’s rib issue will be assessed.
Sean Dyche in the house!
The new boss gives the camera a wry grin before heading straight for the dressing-room.
The Premier League has missed the ex-Burnley man.
Arriving at Goodison!🔵 pic.twitter.com/H9LjoZZZMD
But although it may look pretty tough for Everton to get something out of this one on paper, they’ve got a very good record against Arsenal in recent clashes.
They’ve actually won three of the last four meetings, including last season’s home tie that featured a stunning strike from Demarai Gray – he’s already scored a beauty this season against City, can he repeat the feat?
The Toffees could win a third consecutive home game against Arsenal for the first time since 1978!
It’s also the first time these two will be playing since the January transfer market closed on January 31, so we could see some debuts this afternoon.
The big one was Jorginho, after his £12million cross-town switch to Arsenal from Chelsea, and the Italian could make his bow for his new side, and hope to shift the curse of Chelsea signings flopping at the Emirates.
We could also get a first glance at Jakub Kiwior after his move from Spezia, and Leandro Trossard has already debuted for the Gunners after joining from Brighton.
For Everton it was another frustrating window, that saw them once again fail to land a striker and approaches for Kamaldeen Sulemana, Andre Ayew and Ben Johnson fail to materialise on deadline day.
And to make matters worse, they lost Anthony Gordon to Newcastle for £45million, a player that ultimately went unreplaced at Goodison Park.
There was a big bit of news coming out of the Emirates too this week, as Gabriel Martinelli put pen to paper on a new deal at the club.
He signed terms to keep him in north London on a new four-and-a-half year deal, and the club are also looking to make similar moves with young stars William Saliba and Bukayo Saka who have been so crucial to this unlikely title bid.
Gabi signs on ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mgMIzdt68O
The big story ahead of this one is of course Everton’s new man in charge.
Sean Dyche was confirmed as the new Everton man with the club facing a battle to stay in the Premier League earlier this week.
To find out what he needs to do to keep the Toffees in the top-flight, take a look at the story below.
We’ve already had one bit of Premier League action this weekend, with Chelsea and Fulham getting us up and running last night with one for the hardcore fans.
After a record £323million splurge in the January transfer market, the Blues could only manage a 0-0 draw against a Tim Ream inspired Fulham that kept themselves ahead of their local rivals in the Premier League table.
To re-live all the action, check the link below.
Let’s take a look at the head-to-head record between these two.
Well, there have been 219 meetings between Everton and Arsenal over the years, in a historic tie that dates back to 1905.
Everton have come out on top a creditable 64 times, but it is a dominant fixture for the Gunners, who have won on 109 occasions.
But the last six have been far tighter, with Everton winning two, Arsenal three and one draw being played out.
What will we get this afternoon?
Good morning everyone and welcome to today’s coverage of Everton vs Arsenal!
It’s a jam-packed day of Premier League action after two weeks away, and we have plenty of live action coming up for you throughout the day.
But we start this morning with a fascinating tie between the leaders and a side struggling desperately at the bottom of the table in 19th place.
Kick-off will be at around 12.30pm, so stick with us as we bring you all the latest news, build-up and stories from around the game!
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