Farhad Moshiri has sold his stake in Arsenal for £200million to buy Everton

By Alex Stevens

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has revealed he was left “numb” by the team’s 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea on Saturday.

An Eden Hazard brace and goals from Marco Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro secured a memorable triumph for Chelsea and lifted them to the top of the Premier League for 24 hours before Liverpool’s win on Sunday.

For Everton, it was a night to forget as they failed to contain Chelsea even though Ronald Koeman rejigged his formation and deployed a three-man defence in a bid to counteract the home side’s 3-4-3 formation.

“It’s completely ruined my weekend and now you’re ruining my Monday,” Moshiri told the Jim White Show on talkSPORT on Monday morning. “It was terrible. The sheer pain of the loss at Chelsea on Saturday was immense.

“You just get numb. I avoided Sunday papers but couldn’t get it out of my mind. It was unbearable. The pain was so much deeper than anything I felt when Arsenal lost.”

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Billionaire Moshiri bought a majority stake in Everton earlier this year after previously having a minority stake in Arsenal.

The Iranian is convinced Everton, who go into the international break in seventh position in the Premier League table, are on the right track to hit the target they set before the season began.

“The club is going the right way,” Moshiri added. “At the beginning of the season our plan was to get into Europe and I think we are on target.”

In other Everton news, Marouane Fellaini named this Toffees ace in his best-ever XI.