'Real stinker' - Sky Sports pundit grades Everton display v Arsenal
By Aramide Oladipo
Sky Sports pundit Stuart Pearce has graded Everton’s performance as a “D” after they slumped to a humiliating defeat at the hands of Arsenal on the weekend.
Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a 5-2 loss at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon but Pearce believes that the Dutchman is still “one of the best managers in the league”.
Despite the Toffees taking the lead through summer signing Wayne Rooney, the Gunners responded in spectacular style with goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez.
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off in the second-half and although Oumar Niasse scored a late consolation, the Gunners overplayed the hosts throughout the 90 minutes.
Expressing his thoughts on the Sky Sports website, former England international Pearce is confident that the Toffees can turn things around under Koeman.
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“It was a real stinker for them,” he wrote
“Three months ago, he was coveted as one of the best managers in the league and I don’t think that changes.
“I would still stick by him if I was Everton on the grounds that they have invested a lot of money in him and the squad, and it might need time to settle in and bed down.
“In his defence, they’ve played nine matches now and five of those are teams who finished in the top six last season so I think you’ve got to bear that in mind as well.
“They are probably three points away from being halfway in the league and it can change very quickly.”
The damaging defeat means that Everton now find themselves in the relegation zone after nine Premier League matches.
The Toffees have only managed to pick up two league wins with Rooney and Niasse being the only players to score in the Premier League this season.
Everton will look to get back on track when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.