Theo Walcott responds to Rio Ferdinand criticism ahead of Arsenal return

Everton star Theo Walcott joined from Arsenal

"We set out to play like [Arsenal] but unfortunately Swansea played at the top of their game and we played at the bottom of ours, which means to say any tactics and system that you pick is absolutely worthless if your players don't play to their best".

Allardyce had been hoping his team would emulate the skill with which Swansea took three points off the Gunners on Tuesday, making the most of their visitors' defensive weaknesses.

"With Theo, a lot of things have been said - he hasn't reached his full potential and all that - but I don't know how you could say that after last season's performance: 30-odd games, 19 goals".

"None of our first 11 in the first half played anywhere near their best".

While there was plenty to celebrate for Arsenal, particularly the performances of their new signings Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who produced three assists, it was misery for Everton, and manager Allardyce was furious at his players for failing to follow orders.

"That's why we were tumbling goals left, right and centre with our pathetic performance".

"The whole team played crap".

Allardyce's recent form is concerning, and whilst he will nearly certainly get until the end of the season to prove himself as Everton manager, Silva's availability means that Allardyce isn't safe on his 18-month contract - especially with results and performances less than impressive.

"Defensively we work just as much as we work in attacking". It's hard to go into a first team dressing room with the likes of Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires.

The Toffees captain Ashley Williams also expressed his anger at the first half performance, and he told the Independent: "The manager was not happy - but none of us are".

"Tom Davies was very good, and Dominic (Calvert-Lewin) was good and got the goal".

'It's a lot to take in as a young kid when you're there still collecting your Match Attax stickers and all that stuff and you've got the players with you!'

Everton dropped down one spot in the table to 10th.

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