Watch: Sam Allardyce slams Everton players for 'pathetic performance' in defeat to Arsenal
Everton manager Sam Allardyce was left seething at his players after a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
A hat-trick for Aaron Ramsey, a goal on debut for club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and a goal for Laurent Koscielny ensured an emphatic victory for Arsenal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton midway through the second half but the game was all but over at that stage.
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.
"I was angry, I think I'm still angry," Allardyce said. "I think that accepting an instruction is part of a player's responsibility at this level of football and I think that we tried to give those instructions with the best information we possibly can with the time available.
"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.
"So we'd been basing our plan on that, which is obvious when it's so soon. It was only on Tuesday night when they beat Arsenal, so we set out to play like that, but unfortunately Swansea played at the top of their game and we played at the bottom of our game.
"Which means to say that any tactics and any system you pick is absolutely worthless if your players don't play to their best and if you play at the Emirates, you've got to play at your best. 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. And that's why we were tumbling goals left, right and centre with our pathetic performance."