Everton boss Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that his side’s performance against Arsenal was a ‘fearful’ one.
Everton were beaten 2-0 by the Gunners last Saturday, and their performance in the contest was awful.
The Toffees never threatened in the match, as they were thoroughly outplayed by Arsene Wenger’s side.
In truth, Arsenal’s margin of victory could have been even greater, had the North London side been more clinical, and Martinez was pulling no punches with his comments after the match.
“I don’t think we were ourselves in any part of the game. It was so frustrating to see such contrasting performances,” the Spanish boss said.
"Seven days ago we had an intensity we were joyful. Today we had doubt we were pedestrian.
"We looked like the team that played on Wednesday and travelled in Europe. Arsenal looked the fresh team.
"I don’t think we had one period in the game when we looked like ourselves. Normally we create opportunities. We never did that.
"We were very slow in our build-up and it looked like a fearful performance.
"We know the quality we have. We showed it seven days ago.”
Everton went into their match against Arsenal on the back of a 2-0 win in the FA Cup against Chelsea.
Against Chelsea, the Toffees looked robust, organised and ruthless, but they were the opposite against Arsenal.
The Gunners raced into the lead when Danny Welbeck scored, before Alex Iwobi added a second.
Everton are now stuck down in 12th place in the Premier League table, with the pressure continuing to rise on Toffees boss Martinez.