Everton latest: Including Mirallas escapes and Barkley impresses

News and gossip from Goodison Park this week.

Everton played out a competitive 0-0 draw with Arsenal this week with plenty of news coming out of the Tuesday night fixture.

Arsene Wenger was highly critical of the rough-house tactics of Everton in the game which he believed were an obvious attempt at trying to intimidate his players. David Moyes maintained that there was nothing wrong with his teams approach and that such football was common ‘up north’.

Tempers flared at half-time when it appeared Kevin Mirallas squirted Lucozade in the face of Jack Wilshere which caused a tunnel fracas between the two teams. However after reviewing the incident the FA have decided that no further action would be taken against the two players in question.

In the advent of the game Leighton Baines has declared that the club still have a great chance of making it into the top four this season and qualifying for Champions League football. The England full-back believes there performances against Arsenal and many of the other top four contenders this season shows they are more than capable of lasting to the end of the season in their pursuit.

The Independent have looked at the potential for teenage midfielder Ross Barkley to make himself a hero of Wayne Rooney like status at the end of this season. Despite occasionally looking rattled in possession the 19-year-old demonstrated his excellent vision and passing ability throughout the game as well as getting off two excellent attempts from distance at the Arsenal goal. He played in the absence of Leon Osman who is injured.

The clubs under-18’s ran out impressive 3-0 winners away to Manchester United in tricky weather conditions at Carrington last night. Goals from George Waring, Ryan Ledson and Callum Dyson sealed the impressive victory.

David Moyes has given his unwavering support to Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe this week. The 24-year-old seems to have finally overcome his injury hell and has been in sensational form recently after usurping Nikica Jelavic for the starting role at the club. Moyes believes he can be ‘an outstanding player’ if he continues to work as hard as he has done this season.

Be sure to check out our Everton pieces on the site this week including a look at the pace of Sylvain Distin and how the fortunes of former Toffee Royston Drenthe finally changed for the better recently.

What are your thoughts on everything Everton FC this week?

image: © fabiopao

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch