Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno called for unity under embattled boss Mikel Arteta following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Everton.

The Gunners' winless run in the Premier League stretched to seven games thanks to Yerry Mina's header and a Rob Holding own goal, either side of Nicolas Pepe's penalty.

Arsenal's 14 points from their first 14 games of the season is their worst return since 1974-75, while they have not scored from open play in any of their past five away matches in the top flight.

With his side just four points above the relegation zone and 10 adrift of the top four, pressure is mounting on manager Arteta ahead of two huge matches next week: an EFL Cup quarter-final with Manchester City on Tuesday and a league game at home to Chelsea on December 26.

Leno admitted the squad are hurting but says the second-half performance at Goodison Park proved they are prepared to fight to turn their situation around.

"Of course, there's big disappointment, it hurts a lot," he told Arsenal media. "It's not the time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to stick together, we have to stay positive and this is the only way because on Tuesday we have another big game. We have to win games to come out of this situation and have a positive mood again.

"I think the second goal was probably the key because, when you concede a goal right before half-time, it's always very difficult, especially in our situation. I think in the second half we showed good body language, good attitude, so you can see this team is alive and we want to turn the situation around.

"Now the confidence is not on the top level but the only thing that can be said is we should stick together and come out of this situation.

"A lot of things are going wrong for us but we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to fight for every ball, for our team-mates."

Mikel Arteta understands the pressure he is under after Arsenal's dismal Premier League campaign continued with a 2-1 loss to Everton.

Nicolas Pepe's penalty cancelled out Rob Holding's own goal at Goodison Park on Saturday, but Yerry Mina scored what proved to be a 45th-minute winner.

Arsenal's 14 points from 14 games is their worst record at this stage of a season since the 1974-75 campaign (converted to three points per win).

With his side just four points clear of the relegation zone, Arteta said he understood the pressure he was facing.

"Obviously it’s a really complicated situation, but I am very encouraged from what I see from the players to try and continue doing what we are trying to do with things. Of course, we have to improve," the Arsenal manager told a news conference.

"But as well I think we’ve been very, very unlucky not to pick up many, many more points in this position."

Arteta added: "My energy and my focus are only on getting the team out of that situation, maintaining the spirit of the team, the fight that the boys show every time they go on the pitch, and the energy the boys show on the pitch. You can see that, you cannot deny that.

"Obviously, we are against the results, there's no question about that. It’s not good enough, it’s not acceptable for the standards of this football club and this is the challenge. And the fact that we are against."

Arsenal are without a goal from open play in any of their past five Premier League away games.

Arteta said a combination of things were hurting Arsenal, who are in action again with an EFL Cup quarter-final against Manchester City on Tuesday.

"The opponents are not generating anything. We lost against Burnley without conceding a single shot on target as well. This is how teams win a lot of games in the Premier League," he said.

"And we are not going to generate 15 or 20 chances against blocks like that it’s not realistic. When we have done as well we haven't been accurate enough to finalise those actions so it's a bad combination.

"Sometimes it's been that we played with 10 men, the other week we conceded an own goal, today we conceded an own goal. It's a lot of things happening at the same time and when that happens it’s difficult."

Liverpool registered a historic win in their seven-goal blitz of Crystal Palace and the records of an unwanted kind kept coming for Arsenal in their defeat to Everton.

The reigning Premier League champions opened up a five-point lead at the top, with Merseyside rivals Everton their closest challengers after beating an Arsenal side slipping further into the abyss with each passing game.

Manchester City also got back to winning ways thanks to a Raheem Sterling-inspired success at Southampton, while Newcastle United and Fulham played out a draw at St James' Park in the late kick-off.

Here is the pick of the Opta facts from Saturday's action in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool: Reds run riot as Klopp overtakes Rafa

Jurgen Klopp registered a landmark victory in a historic win for Liverpool at Selhurst Park as the Reds won an away top-flight match by a margin of seven goals for the first time in their history.

German coach Klopp overtook Rafael Benitez (126) for the most triumphs as a Liverpool boss in the Premier League with his 127th success.

It was the first time the Merseyside outfit scored seven goals in a league game - each assisted by a different player - since a 9-0 triumph over Palace in September 1989, with the Eagles conceding seven in a home match for the first time.

Substitute Mohamed Salah netted a brace and laid on an assist for fellow two-goal forward Roberto Firmino - the 17th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal for Liverpool, placing them behind only Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman (24).

Takumi Minamino, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane were also on the scoresheet, the latter becoming only the fourth player in Premier League history to score in seven successive appearances against an opponent.

Southampton 0-1 Manchester City: Sterling sinks Saints again

Sterling's sweeping finish proved enough for City to return to winning ways at St Mary's Stadium as they became the first team to stop Southampton from scoring in the Premier League since the opening weekend of the season.

Match-winner Sterling has been directly involved in 11 goals in 16 Premier League meetings with Southampton – only against West Ham (14) has he had a hand in more.

Kevin De Bruyne set up that goal and now has 15 Premier League assists in 2020, which is three more than anyone else. The only time the Belgium playmaker set up more goals in a single calendar year in the competition was in 2017 (18).

City kept their opponents at bay from that point on and now boast the best defensive record in the division, conceding the fewest goals (12) and keeping more clean sheets (six) than any other team.

Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Arteta Holding on after latest defeat

Two days ahead of the one-year anniversary of his Everton appointment, Carlo Ancelotti celebrated victory over Arsenal to guarantee the Toffees a place in the top four at Christmas for the first time since 2004-05.

Rob Holding's own goal - the third by an Arsenal player in the Premier League this season - gave Everton the lead before Nicolas Pepe converted from the penalty spot for a team-high eighth goal involvement this term.

But Yerry Mina scored what proved to be the winning goal just before half-time to inflict an eighth defeat of the campaign on Arsenal, whose return of 14 points from 14 games is their fewest since 1974-75 (12 points when converted to three for a win).

Each of Mina's past four goals have come in the 45th minute - only Chris Eagles has scored as many consecutive goals in the same minute before, notching four times in the 90th between 2007 and 2011.

Goals are something Arsenal are still struggling for, meanwhile, having now failed to score from open play in their past five Premier League away matches, their only two goals in that run coming from the penalty spot.

Newcastle United 1-1 Fulham: Visitors pay the penalty in St James' stalemate

Newcastle benefited from another penalty - their third in six Premier League home games - as they recovered to earn a point against an improving Fulham side at St James' Park.

Callum Wilson made no mistake from 12 yards as he took his tally for the campaign to eight in 12 top-flight appearances, matching his return from 35 games with Bournemouth last term.

Fulham have conceded a league-high five penalties this season, including three in their past four outings, and had Joachim Andersen dismissed for the incident leading to the spot-kick - the third Danish player to see red for Fulham in the competition after Leon Andreasen and Claus Jensen.

However, Scott Parker's men - who led through Matt Ritchie's first-half own goal - held on to pick up at least a point when finishing a Premier League game with 10 men for the first time since they beat QPR 3-2 in April 2013, having lost on each of the five subsequent occasions.

Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in their 11 most recent Premier League games on home soil, their longest run since February 2005 (also 11 games), but they still climbed two places into 12th.

Mikel Arteta knows Arsenal have a huge task on their hands after a 2-1 defeat to Everton left the Gunners without a Premier League win in seven games.

Arsenal will drop to 16th by the end of the weekend if Brighton and Hove Albion defeat lowly Sheffield United on Sunday.

The Gunners' points return of 14 from as many games this season is their worst record at this stage since the 1974-75 campaign (converted to three points per win).

Arteta's side have failed to score from open play in any of their past five Premier League away games, with their two goals on the road since Alexandre Lacazette's strike against Liverpool coming from the penalty spot.

Nicolas Pepe restored parity from 12 yards after Rob Holding's own goal put Everton ahead on Saturday, but Yerry Mina's header on the stroke of half-time proved enough to claim a third straight win for Carlo Ancelotti's and lift them into second place.

Sunday marks a year since Arteta was appointed as Arsenal boss. The Gunners have won more matches in cup competitions (14 of 17) than they have in the Premier League (13 of 34) in that timeframe, and Pep Guardiola's former assistant knows his team must fight to get out of the situation they find themselves in.

"Without conceding much we lost the game on two key moments," Arteta, whose side managed just two attempts on target at Goodison Park, told Sky Sports.

"We reacted really well. We dominated the game. We created enough chances at least to not lose. We hit the bar. We don't have the luck.

"We are in a big fight. We lost against Burnley without them having a shot on target, and now we lose because of a couple of chances.

"It's really difficult when you play a team who are defending low and wasting time. We make it difficult for ourselves conceding the first goal.

"I think we had 15 shots but only two on target. We need to improve our rate, that's the reality. We need to generate more to win football matches. When it comes to small details, the other team wants it more.

"The boys are absolutely still fighting. They're hurt right now."

While Arsenal have now lost as many league matches as they have won under Arteta (W13 D8 L13), Everton have guaranteed themselves a spot in the top four heading into Christmas since the 2004-05 season.

"We did very well [in our] last few games. Brilliant performances and fantastic results. We showed more consistency," Carlo Ancelotti told BBC Sport.

"This season we started well, then we had a difficult moment, but right now I'm really pleased.

"We are pleased; the position in the table is really good. But as I said last week it is not the end of the season, we have to keep fighting, but it was a top, top performance today."

Both teams are in EFL Cup action next. Arsenal go up against another of Arteta's old clubs in the form of City on Tuesday, with Everton hosting Manchester United a day later.

Arsenal failed to halt their dismal Premier League form as Everton claimed a 2-1 victory to keep the pressure on Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners, without the injured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have now gone seven league games without a win after Yerry Mina's header and Rob Holding's own goal lifted Everton up to second.

Nicolas Pepe's penalty had restored parity at Goodison Park, where Arteta spent six-and-a-half seasons as a player, but it was not a platform from which Arsenal could build.

Though Jordan Pickford's error led to David Luiz hitting the post, Mina's 45th-minute header ultimately proved enough for Everton to secure a third straight win.

Michael Keane was just inches away from breaking the deadlock as Everton started in confident fashion, and an opener came when Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header from Alex Iwobi's cross diverted in off Holding.

Eddie Nketiah sliced wide from Kieran Tierney's cutback to waste Arsenal's first chance, but Tom Davies' blind challenge on Ainsley Maitland-Niles handed the Gunners a reprieve.

Pepe made no mistake, sending Pickford the wrong way with a cool finish – the Ivorian's sixth straight successful penalty.

Bernd Leno thought he had kept the scores level heading into the break with a stunning save from Calvert-Lewin, yet Everton restored their lead when Mina headed in from Gylfi Sigurdsson's subsequent corner.

Despite the setback, Arsenal came out quickly after the restart, with David Luiz hitting the upright after Pickford flapped at a cross.

Ben Godfrey's powerful run nearly resulted in Calvert-Lewin snatching a third for Everton on the counter, before Richarlison went close to teeing up Iwobi.

Arteta turned to Gabriel Martinelli with just under 20 minutes remaining, though the Brazilian's timely return from injury could not spark a much-needed comeback.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Arsenal's Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday after sustaining a calf injury.

The 31-year-old Gabon international had started all of Arsenal's first 13 top-flight games this season, but he missed the game at Goodison Park with what the north London club described as a "tight calf".

Aubameyang has struggled for the Gunners this campaign, although he did end a run of 11 league games without an open-play goal with the equaliser in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Southampton.

Willian replaced Aubameyang in the starting XI after the Brazil international had been dropped against the Saints.

Carlo Ancelotti is confident he can steer Everton to the Champions League after a promising first year in charge at Goodison Park – and is not ruling out a title challenge during his tenure. 

The Italian coach was appointed on December 21 in 2019, at which stage the club were stuck in the bottom half of the Premier League table. 

Everton ended up finishing 12th at the end of a campaign that included a lengthy pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there have been further signs of progress in the 2020-21 campaign so far. 

Four successive wins had them flying high in the early stages and while there was a dip in form following such a fast start, recent victories over Chelsea and Leicester City have the Toffees right in the top-four mix. 

For Ancelotti – who signed a four-and-a-half year deal – qualifying for European football's premier club competition has always been the target, albeit they could achieve that goal ahead of schedule. 

"We can be more competitive, I hope, this season but also next season. We need to have at least two years' time to improve and increase our level," Ancelotti told the Liverpool Echo ahead of Saturday's home match with Arsenal. 

"The target for next season will be to reach the top four in the Premier League. 

"And when you are in the top four and you are able to fight for the top four, it means, at least, you can fight for the title."

The additions of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and James Rodriguez in the previous transfer window helped to strengthen the squad, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin's continued development - he has 11 goals in the league so far - is a further positive for Everton fans.

Ancelotti is determined to make sure Everton are playing in Europe next season, meaning he would be happy to compete in the Europa League or potentially the Europa Conference League, a new competition which UEFA plans to launch in 2021.

"This is the target," said the former Chelsea boss who won a domestic double during his two-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

"To be in Europe next season. If it is Champions League, that would be a dream for us but I think we can compete for a position in Europe, in general."

On this current season, he added: "It is true that we started really well, unbelievable, and then we lost some games but, in general, we are more stable as a team.

"We had some injuries, we lost a little bit of confidence, but we are quite stable in this moment. We can play good matches with more stability, compared to when I arrived."

Ancelotti's appointment was confirmed prior to a 0-0 draw with Arsenal last year - and the two teams meet again prior to Christmas in 2020.

Arsenal have won just 14 points from 13 Premier League games this season, their lowest tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1974-75, but have won more games (34) and scored more goals (110) against Everton than any other opponents in the competition.

Manchester United and Leeds United meet in the top flight for the first time since 2004 and Sam Allardyce makes his Premier League return this weekend.

Leeds travel to Old Trafford on Sunday looking for a repeat of their stunning FA Cup win the last time they faced the Red Devils away from home almost 11 years ago.

Allardyce starts his reign as West Brom head coach with a derby against Aston Villa in a late kick-off at The Hawthorns on Sunday, while struggling Arsenal travel to Everton on Saturday and leaders Liverpool are on the road at Crystal Palace.

See if you can kick-start the weekend with maximum points in our Opta-powered quiz. Answers are at the bottom.

 

1. Paul Pogba made his senior debut for Manchester United as a teenager in a League Cup match against Leeds. What year did that match take place in?

2. Arsenal have failed to score in their last two games at Everton. Who was the last player to find the back of the net for the Gunners at Goodison Park, coming in a 5-2 victory in October 2017?

3. Southampton are eyeing back-to-back Premier League wins against Manchester City on Saturday. What was the score when the Saints beat Pep Guardiola's side in July?

4. Liverpool have won six consecutive matches against Palace. Who grabbed a double the last time the Eagles beat the Reds – 2-1 at Anfield in April 2017? 

5. Allardyce has taken charge of more different clubs in the Premier League than any other manager, with the Baggies being the eighth. He has only lost his first game in charge of a team in the top flight once. With which side did he making a losing start?

 

Answers:

1. 2011
2. Aaron Ramsey 
3. 1-0
4. Christian Benteke
5. Sunderland (a 1-0 loss to West Brom in October 2015)

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool did their talking on the pitch as the reigning Premier League champions snatched a late 2-1 win over erstwhile leaders Tottenham.

The Reds moved three points clear of Tottenham at the summit while Southampton are up to third after drawing away to Arsenal, whose struggles under Mikel Arteta go on.

Arsenal's return of 14 points from 13 Premier League matches is their lowest tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 1974-75 when, adjusting to three points for a win, they had nine points.

West Ham and Crystal Palace also finished all square, as did Fulham against Brighton and Hove Albion, while Leeds United and Everton both picked up victories over Newcastle United and Leicester City respectively.

Here is the pick of the Opta facts from Wednesday's action in the Premier League.

 

Arsenal 1-1 Southampton: Walcott haunts ill-disciplined Gunners at Emirates

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended a run of 648 minutes without a league goal at Emirates Stadium but it was only enough to earn Arsenal a point against high-flying Southampton.

Former Arsenal man Theo Walcott put the visitors in front with his 38th Premier League goal at the ground - only Robin van Persie (46) and Olivier Giroud (40) have scored more.

It is now just one win in nine top-flight outings for the Gunners, who have conceded in 10 successive home league games for the first time since February 2002.

Arsenal perhaps could have taken more from the match but had Gabriel dismissed with an hour played - their seventh Premier League red card since Arteta took over on Boxing Day last year, which is four more than any other team in that period.

Another disappointing result in Arteta's 50th game in charge only increases the pressure on the Spaniard, the Gunners having won more cup matches (14 of 17) than league games (13 of 33) during his time at the helm.

 

Leeds United 5-2 Newcastle United: Hernandez makes huge impact for Bielsa's sharpshooters

Patrick Bamford was on target again for Leeds as they picked up a second win in seven Premier League matches, the Englishman overtaking Fernando Llorente (34) as the top-scoring player in Marcelo Bielsa's managerial career.

Rodrigo Moreno, Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison also netted as Leeds scored five goals in a home Premier League match for the first time since May 2001 when beating Bradford City 6-1.

Newcastle, who twice led at Elland Road thanks to goals from Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark, had not previously conceded five goals against a newly promoted side in a top-flight match since August 1958 (5-1 vs. Blackburn Rovers).

Pablo Hernandez was only introduced in the 82nd minute but still set up two goals, becoming the oldest player - at 35 years and 249 days - to assist twice in a Premier League game for Leeds since Gordon Strachan in 1993.

Newcastle striker Wilson did not have much to celebrate but his assist for Hendrick's strike was the 10th goal he has been directly involved in for United in 11 Premier League games - one more than he managed in 35 games for Bournemouth in 2019-20.

Leicester City 0-2 Everton: Ancelotti continues dominance over Rodgers

Richarlison and Mason Holgate were on target in each half to inflict a fourth defeat on Leicester in seven home league matches this season - as many as they suffered in the whole of the last campaign.

It is the first time in nine Premier League away wins that Everton have won by more than a one-goal margin in a run stretching back to March 2019 when beating West Ham by the same scoreline.

The result would have come as little surprise to Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti as he has now won all four of his managerial meetings with Brendan Rodgers - twice with Real Madrid against Liverpool and now twice with Everton versus Leicester.

Holgate's goal was his first in the competition on his 69th appearance and came via a set-piece that Leicester failed to deal with, making it the seventh goal City have conceded via corner situations this term, two more than the entirety of 2019-20.

 

Fulham 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Goalless at Craven Cottage despite Dunk's best efforts

A first goalless home league draw since August 2011 was enough to take Fulham out of the bottom three, ending a run of 196 such games without a stalemate at Craven Cottage.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ademola Lookman went close to scoring but Fulham failed to find the net for the sixth time in the Premier League this term - only Sheffield United (7) have a worse record.

Brighton struck the crossbar through Ben White's header and fellow centre-back Lewis Dunk had five attempts at goal, which is the most by a defender in a Premier League game this campaign.

The draw ultimately does neither side much good, Brighton having now won just one of their last 11 league games and Fulham stuck on four wins from 25 Premier League matches in December.

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Salah and Son maintain hot streaks as Reds prevail

Liverpool extended their unbeaten home league record to 66 games and inflicted a first defeat in 12 top-flight outings on Tottenham thanks to a late 2-1 victory at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah put Liverpool in front in the entertaining encounter with his eighth goal against Spurs in all competitions, making them the team he has scored joint-most against in European football along with Bournemouth and Watford.

Tottenham were back on level terms seven minutes later via another Son Heung-min strike as he equalled his 11-goal tally from 30 league matches last season inside just 13 appearances this time around.

Twenty of Tottenham's 25 league goals this season have now been scored by either Son (11) or Harry Kane (nine), though they could not hold on for a point as Roberto Firmino headed home in the 90th minute.

It means Spurs have now won just one of their last 27 Premier League away games against Liverpool, losing 18 of those, while Jose Mourinho is winless away to Klopp's Liverpool in six attempts in all competitions.

West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace: Benteke scores, sees red in derby draw

Sebastian Haller's stunning overhead kick earned West Ham a point from their London derby with Palace in a game that saw Christian Benteke score and get sent off.

Benteke opened the scoring with his 28th headed goal in the Premier League, placing him behind only Olivier Giroud (31) in that category since his debut campaign in 2012-13.

But Haller's seventh goal of the season in all competitions - three more than any team-mate - arrived 21 minutes later and Benteke was dismissed not long after for a couple of yellow card infringements.

Palace are now responsible for two of the last three players to have scored and been sent off in the same Premier League game, with Wilfried Zaha doing exactly that against Southampton in January 2019.

West Ham could not make the man advantage count but they have now avoided defeat on each of the last three occasions they have conceded first in a top-flight game, having lost 23 of the previous 25 instances.

Christian Eriksen is attracting interest from Premier League clubs but the former Tottenham star reportedly only has eyes for Paris Saint-Germain.

The 28-year-old could be set to leave Inter in January following an underwhelming 12-month stint with the Serie A giants.

The Denmark international has started only 12 league matches since switching from London to Milan and a number of top European clubs are said to be circling.

TOP STORY – ERIKSEN KEEN ON PSG MOVE

Manchester United have an interest in recruiting Eriksen, who has fallen out of favour with Inter coach Antonio Conte, according to the Daily Star.

Arsenal were offered the service of the former Spurs playmaker but the Gunners have other priorities, according to the English newspaper.

Despite talk about a return to England, Eriksen is said to be planning to hold out for Ligue 1 champions PSG, who may be lining up a January swoop.

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Arsenal want Stade Reims striker Boulaye Dia to solve their goalscoring issues, a report claims. Le10Sport reports the Senegal international has been identified as a Gunners target, but Everton, Marseille and Lyon are also said to be in the hunt.

- Mikel Arteta's side may also soon have another option in midfield. Spanish media outlet Marca is reporting that Atletico Madrid are planning on cutting Lucas Torreira's loan arrangement short in January after the Uruguayan failed to break into Diego Simeone's team.

Gareth Bale's future lies somewhere between Spurs and Real Madrid, according to Diario AS. The Welsh star plans to see out his contract in the Spanish capital next season if head coach Zinedine Zidane departs in the coming months. If the French coach stays, Bale may well be back in north London.

Barcelona may face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Memphis Depay.

Depay, 26, has been heavily linked with a move to the LaLiga giants, where his former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman is in charge.

But his impressive displays for Lyon have unsurprisingly caught the eye of their Ligue 1 rivals.

 

TOP STORY – PSG INTERESTED IN BARCELONA TARGET DEPAY

PSG are interested in Lyon star and Barcelona target Depay, according to Le Parisien.

The report says Depay is appreciated by PSG's players, particularly stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Depay, who has scored six goals in 14 games for Lyon this season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

 

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- Staying at PSG and they could seemingly also compete for the signature of another Lyon star. RMC Sport reports PSG are still interested in midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has been heavily linked to Arsenal.

- Isco's future looks to be away from Real Madrid. Marca claims the LaLiga giants are pushing the midfielder, who is contracted until 2022, out amid links to Arsenal and Everton.

- Everton are also linked to Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. The Daily Star reports they are ready to make a loan move for Alli – who has struggled for game time this season – in January.

- After being thrashed by Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund sacked coach Lucien Favre. Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Bundesliga club already have an agreement in principle with Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose to take over ahead of 2021-22.

- Papu Gomez's Atalanta career appears to be over. Sky Sport reports the attacker, who has been at the club since 2014, could leave in January amid a tense relationship with coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

Frank Lampard will remain patient with Kai Havertz and insists any critics must give the Chelsea forward time to adapt to the Premier League.

Up against a resilient Everton on Saturday, Lampard's side slipped to their first defeat since a penalty shoot-out loss to Tottenham in the EFL Cup on September 29.

It ended an unbeaten run of 14 games in all competitions, with the Blues missing the chance to go top of the table.

Havertz, who started on the right of a front three which also included Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud, put in a particularly frustrating showing.

The Germany international, signed from Bayer Leverkusen this year, was kept under wraps by Ben Godfrey, who played out of position at left-back in an Everton defence comprising four centre-backs.

Havertz had 42 touches, completed 22 of his 28 passes, registered one attempt at goal – which was blocked – and supplied one key pass.

Godfrey made a game-high five interceptions as he frustrated Havertz, with the youngster making way for Tammy Abraham in the 68th minute.

Yet despite Havertz's below-par display, Lampard backed the 21-year-old, who has scored one goal and provided one assist from 10 chances created across 10 Premier League appearances, to prove his quality.

"In the modern day there's going to be criticism of every player of every club that loses a game, or something went awry or a pass went astray, so we certainly should be patient with Kai Havertz from a Chelsea point of view, because he's a top-quality talent that's come into this league," Lampard told a news conference.

"He's playing on the right wing, he can play in any position across the front – he played off the right wing countless times before he signed for Chelsea and he can play in midfield also, so that's not an issue.

"We do have to be patient, not just with him, but any young player, because of the speed of the Premier League, so I've got no problem with Kai.

"If people want to jump straight on to criticise, just wait, give a young player time, whether it be a week or a month or six months or a year, whatever, because I know the player that Kai Havertz is going to be."

Everton had just 28 per cent possession at Goodison Park, with the hosts attempting just 241 passes compared to Chelsea's 639.

Yet Gylfi Sigurdsson's first-half penalty proved enough, as the Toffees restricted the visitors to just three shots on target – the last of which came from Kurt Zouma in the 28th minute.

Lampard spoke highly of his former manager Carlo Ancelotti before the match, and the Everton boss believes his old side have the potential to compete on all fronts despite their performance on Saturday.

"Yes, they are a fantastic team, a fantastic squad," Ancelotti told reporters.

"They are playing well and going to fight for the title in the end, and for sure in the Champions League they have possibilities.

"They are a young squad and perhaps sometimes they need the experience to manage difficult games, but it is only this. The quality of the team is top."

All eyes were on Old Trafford for Saturday's Manchester derby, though the 0-0 draw was ultimately a rather duller affair than many expected.

But at the very least, the draw actually took them a point closer to one of the title favourites in Chelsea, who suffered a shock defeat to an Everton side who had been struggling badly in recent weeks.

Newcastle United piled on the misery for West Brom with a late winner, while Aston Villa claimed a trademark – yes, that's right, and you'll soon understand why – victory at Wolves to continue their fine campaign.

Here is the pick of the Opta facts from Saturday's action in the Premier League.

Everton 1-0 Chelsea: The pupil downed by the master

In recent weeks there has been plenty of talk about Chelsea being not just title challengers, but maybe even favourites. Such chatter will have been a little quieter after this.

Frank Lampard came up against one of his former Chelsea managers at Goodison Park, with Carlo Ancelotti arguably the coach to get the very best out of the former England international.

After all, Lampard scored 32 times in 60 Premier League appearances under the Italian – by comparison, he netted 49 in 140 matches for Jose Mourinho.

Nevertheless, Lampard will have undoubtedly been frustrated on Merseyside. This was his second defeat in 12 managerial games across all competitions against his former bosses, the other loss coming against Manuel Pellegrini last season.

It was a somewhat limp and unimaginative performance by the Blues, who failed to even register a single shot on target after the 28th minute despite having 72 per cent of the possession.

Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City: Derby fails to live up to expectations

Neutrals always expect fireworks from the Manchester derby, but sadly on this occasion it was something of a damp squib and just the fifth goalless draw between the two giants in 47 Premier League meetings.

It was the third home league game this term in which United have failed to score, already one more than in the whole of last season.

City's lack of activity in front of goal – compared to their usual standards – was particularly notable, as Pep Guardiola's side managed just nine shots in total. Three of their previous four instances of attempting fewer than 10 shots in a Premier League away game have been at Old Trafford.

The stalemate also meant Raheem Sterling's remarkable record against United continued. In 17 Premier League meetings with the Red Devils, he is still yet to score – that is over 10 more games than he has faced any other team in the competition without finding the net.

Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa: Villans doing the business on the road

Aston Villa's brilliant form on the road shows no sign of stopping, with their 1-0 win at local rivals Wolves taking them to four away victories out of five this season.

Their 12 points picked up away from Villa Park is already one more than they managed in the entirety of last season, and they still have another 14 trips to make.

But let's not get carried away with this latest one – it wasn't pretty. There were a total of 38 fouls in this game (23 Wolves, 15 Villa) and the visitors' winner came right at the end.

Anwar El Ghazi got it in stoppage time, making it the fourth time they have scored a winner in the 90th minute or later since the start of last season. No other team has done so more than twice.

As for Wolves, Adama Traore's difficult spell stutters on. He was facing one of his former teams, but his inability to get a goal or assist means it is 19 league games since his last goal involvement, having contributed to nine in the 19 top-flight matches before that.

Newcastle United 2-1 West Brom: Magpies making the most of every minute

Steve Bruce's Newcastle may not be the most thrilling of sides to watch, but they cannot be accused of lacking spirit in the dying embers of matches.

They left it late against the Baggies on Saturday, with Dwight Gayle getting the winner eight minutes from time, the eighth time this term Newcastle have netted in the final quarter-of-an-hour of games.

That equates to 57 per cent of their 14 Premier League goals and, as you might expect, it is the highest proportion of a team's total in England's top flight in 2020-21.

But, impressively, Newcastle aren't just leaving it until the end. Miguel Almiron opened the scoring on Saturday after just 19 seconds. That's their second-fastest Premier League goal ever after Alan Shearer required only 10 seconds against Manchester City in January 2003.

There is little to be positive about for West Brom, however, as Slaven Bilic's men became the first team to concede 25 goals in the Premier League this season.

Frank Lampard is not buying into suggestions Chelsea have the strongest squad in the Premier League after they fell to Everton.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's 22nd-minute penalty saw Everton to a 1-0 win on Saturday, ending Chelsea's 14-game unbeaten streak.

While they sit third in the table, the loss was a blow to Chelsea's title chances, left two points adrift of Tottenham and Liverpool, who play on Sunday.

Last week, Lampard's men were labelled Premier League favourites by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after their off-season spending, but the former England international dismissed suggestions he had the strongest squad at his disposal.

"I keep reading how we have the strongest squad in the league but I don't understand it," he told a news conference.

"There are squads and teams around us that have won titles in the last three or four years that have got players littered through their squad, who have wingers with 30 goals a year, strikers with 20 or 30 goals a year and people that have won the Champions League and league. We clearly haven't got that.

"We have young players, some players who have won titles, but we have some players in our squad who are new to the league. We have players who were playing in the Championship or on loan in the last two years.

"We are a work in progress and nights like tonight might happen. I don't like them but that's the challenge for us to make sure we bounce back strong and let's see for Tuesday."

Chelsea's final shot on target against Everton came in the 28th minute as they suffered their first Premier League away defeat of the season.

Reece James and Mason Mount hit the post for the visitors at Goodison Park, but Lampard lamented his side's slow start.

"I think we could have got something out of the game but I wouldn't say we were unlucky because it is football and I don't think we peppered their goal with great opportunities," he said.

"We had opportunities that you mentioned [James and Mount hitting the post] that could get you at least a point but we weren't at our best.

"We have been on a really good run and we knew what was coming with Everton with the physicality and in the early part of the game we didn't deal with that well.

"Once you go 1-0 down, you give yourself a problem and something to hang onto. The game went like that and we didn't do enough to break them down."

Chelsea will look to bounce back when they visit Wolves on Tuesday.

Chelsea missed the chance to move top of the Premier League table as Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty secured Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti a 1-0 win over his former club. 

Ancelotti endured a miserable return to Stamford Bridge last season with his current employers, Everton going down 4-0 in the capital. 

However, he came out on top in a second meeting with Frank Lampard, who was part of the Chelsea squad who secured a domestic double under the Italian coach in the 2009-10 season. 

The only goal of the game arrived in the 22nd minute thanks to an early Christmas gift from Edouard Mendy, the goalkeeper needlessly charging into Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker attempted to get on the end of his own flick-on from Jordan Pickford's long punt. 

Sigurdsson calmly rolled in his attempt from the spot for his first league goal in 17 games, much to the delight of the 2,000-strong crowd inside Goodison Park. 

Chelsea responded brightly to the setback of falling behind, Reece James striking a post with a low drive that Pickford appeared to get a slight touch to, while Kurt Zouma – who spent a season on loan at Everton earlier in his career – planted a close-range attempt straight at the England goalkeeper. 

Richarlison failed to capitalise on a clear shooting opportunity before the break for the hosts, slipping as he struck the ball with his left foot to make Mendy's life easier. 

Sigurdsson went close with a free-kick early in the second half and was then denied the chance to take another penalty when a VAR check found Calvert-Lewin offside prior to being bundled over by Ben Chilwell. 

Still, one goal proved enough as Chelsea failed to find an equaliser, despite Lampard sending on Tammy Abraham in place of the ineffective Kai Havertz to partner Olivier Giroud up top.

Mason Mount saw a free-kick kept out by a post as Everton held firm, in the process securing a third successive home win over their opponents as they moved into the top half.

FT. Big performance. Big win.

UP THE TOFFEES!!!

1-0 #EVECHE pic.twitter.com/O6rNA3DoPY

— Everton (@Everton) December 12, 2020 What does it mean? Sweet success for depleted Toffees

Everton had stuttered after an excellent start to the 2020-21 season, winning just once in their previous seven league outings after opening up with four wins on the spin.

Their cause was not helped by a shortage of full-backs - Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey did an admirable job either side of the excellent Michael Keane and Yerry Mina - in what was a battling display, as shown by them having just 28 per cent possession. Indeed, Chelsea failed to manage an on-target attempt in the entire second half.

Sigurdsson pulls the strings

The Iceland international has managed more Premier League goals against Chelsea than any other side in the competition, also scoring twice against them while playing for Tottenham and Swansea.

Everton's captain created six chances for his team-mates before making way in the closing minutes, while no one else on the pitch created more than two.

In it for keeps?

Mendy had seemingly solved the keeper conundrum at Chelsea, conceding just twice in seven league games prior to the trip to Merseyside. However, Lampard will have every reason to question why the signing from Rennes felt the need to rush out and confront Calvert-Lewin when the situation was under control.

What's next?

Chelsea are back on the road again during a full round of midweek Premier League fixtures, travelling to Wolves on Tuesday. Everton have an extra day to recover before they visit Leicester City.

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