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Ronald Koeman in focus

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is under increasing pressure after a 5-2 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Here Press Association Sport looks at how he fared against the Gunners.

Team selection

Koeman made a bold move in handing Jonjoe Kenny his first Premier League start at right wing-back, although that decision and playing only one holding midfielder in Idrissa Gueye would have been popular with fans. He reverted to five at the back and pushed Wayne Rooney up front alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nikola Vlasic effectively playing as duel number 10s.


Koeman had to quickly point out to his defence the back line should be more of a three with the wing-backs pushing into midfield to try to stifle Arsenal's early dominance. After taking the lead Everton reverted to a deep-lying 5-4-1 out of possession with Rooney and Sigurdsson dropping off to deny their opponents space.


Tom Davies replaced Ashley Williams for the second half as Everton switched to 4-4-2 in a move designed to close some of the gaps in midfield. The decision, at 3-1 down, to replace the hard-working Calvert-Lewin with Oumar Niasse drew boos from fans although Rooney's withdrawal for Ademola Lookman was less controversial.


Fans voted with their feet long before the final whistle to the extent they missed three goals - one of which was for their own team. It meant the boos for Koeman were not as loud as they otherwise would have been had they remained until the bitter end.

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