'Class', 'Outstanding' - Everton fans rave about one player despite loss v Arsenal
By Aramide Oladipo
Everton summer signing Jordan Pickford sent the club’s fans into a frenzy on social media following his impressive performance against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
The 23-year-old was Everton’s best player despite conceding five goals against the Gunners in a 5-2 defeat at Goodison Park.
Fellow new recruit Wayne Rooney opened the scoring before the visitors responded with goals from Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil either side of half-time.
The Toffees were reduced to ten men after midfielder Idrissa Gueye was shown a second yellow card before Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez sealed the points for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The supporters from the blue half of Merseyside took to social media to praise the goalkeeper’s performance.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Just think how terrible the start to our season would have been without Pickford. He's become worryingly important very quickly #efc
— Mark Jefford (@mjefford) October 22, 2017
Pickford is class but feel sorry for him.we just invite pressure on and can not retain the ball for long.
— ben h. (@hoddyEFC) October 22, 2017
I feel sorry for Pickford. Poor bloke can only watch as teams walk through out defence and midfield in numbers multiple times a game #EFC
— AussieToffee???????? (@AussieToffeeEFC) October 22, 2017
Jordan Pickford is the only Everton Player who deserves any credit from this game #EFC
— Michael Sneddon (@Snedders93) October 22, 2017
Just play Pickford at the back because the defence are nowhere to be seen..play them up top
— CeeJay⚽️⚡️ (@CJ_AllenEFC97) October 22, 2017
One positive this season is Jordan Pickford, the kid is mustard ????????#EFC
— Kris Dalston (@KrebbyD14) October 22, 2017
Feel sorry for DCL he's got no support Pickford has been outstanding,it's not much better but we're having a go a change vlasic doing well 2
— James Murphy (@jay11efc) 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
— Stephen Chapman (@steve_chappie) October 22, 2017
Before the Gunners managed to get on the scoresheet, Pickford made a series of stunning saves in the first-half to keep Everton ahead.
However, he was unable to stop Arsenal from running riot especially after the break and recording their first Premier League victory on the road.
The defeat means that the Toffees now find themselves in the bottom three of the table, having lost five of their opening nine league matches.