Sam Allardyce slams Everton's 'pathetic performance' after Arsenal loss

Theo Walcott has backed Sam Allardyce to get him firing again after revealing the Everton manager was the key factor in leaving Arsenal for Merseyside in January.

Having switched from a back four to a three-man central defence, he witnessed a disorganised display.

"I think a lot of negotiation was done by Theo", said Allardyce.

Describing the display as a "disaster", he added: "I'm not frustrated".

It is not all roses for Allardyce from a team news point of view though. I wanted a manager like that who could get the best out of me. All eleven, if you're going to get anything out of the game and unfortunately none of our first eleven on the first half, any of them, played anywhere near their best.

The win was Everton's first in eight matches across all competitions, and also their first against a team now above them in the table all season.

Theo Walcott is confident that under Sam Allardyce's leadership the Toffees can turn it around
Theo Walcott is confident that under Sam Allardyce's leadership the Toffees can turn it around

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has slammed his side for being "pathetic" after his side fell to a 5-1 defeat against Arsenal in a Premier League encounter on Saturday. The Manchester City defender joined the Toffees on loan on transfer deadline day, and he is being lined up for his debut. If you think that Arsenal didn't play their best then think how the Everton players and fans are feeling this morning! We studied how Swansea played and we set out to play like that.

"These were clear instructions today, because there was a very, very good performance by Swansea on Tuesday against Arsenal that made them a very, very good victory".

"Swansea only had 30% possession but created chances, but I may as well have been talking in a foreign language".

"If you'd put him out there, he wouldn't have done any better than the rest because they all played crap".

Speaking on his post-match analysis on the BBC, Shearer said: "Arsenal were brilliant and they could have scored six or seven goals".

Everton have improved since Allardyce took charge but a 5-1 thumping away to Walcott's former club Arsenal has hindered their charge. Everton were all over the place.

  • Stacy Allen