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  • Silva shuts down Andre Gomes speculation...

    Everton coach Marco Silva has called for an end to the rumours around Andre Gomes' injury lay-off and targeted an early October return for the Portugal international. Gomes joined the Toffees on loan from Barcelona in August following a difficult spell at Camp Nou, but he had al...

    Silva shuts down Andre Gomes speculation following lengthy lay-off as Mina returns to training

    Everton coach Marco Silva has called for an end to the rumours around Andre Gomes' injury lay-off and targeted an early October return for the Portugal international. Gomes joined the Toffees on loan from Barcelona in August following a difficult spell at Camp Nou, but he had already suffered a hamstring injury before departing La Liga. The midfielder suffered a setback soon after his move, with some reports claiming it was a major issue. However, Silva believes Gomes could return to training shortly after Everton's clash with Fulham on September 29, hopefully putting an end to speculation. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Silva said: "With these type of injuries, you cannot say eight days, 10 days, it is a muscle injury and sometimes you expect three or four weeks and in one moment, the report I have, says it will be two more weeks. "I think, and what I expect after speaking to the doctor and with Andre on Tuesday, is that maybe after Fulham he will be ready to start full sessions with the team, that is what we expect. "In this moment, and to be clear with you, and to stop with the rumours, this is new and the doctor said after the Fulham match - one or two days after - he can start full training with the squad." Two more of Everton's pre-season signings look set to have a bigger role in the coming weeks, as Yerry Mina is nearing a return and Bernard – who impressed off the bench against West Ham – is ready to play 90 minutes. "Mina is working with the team, for the full week until now," Silva said. "He's getting better every day, getting in good fitness as well." Silva spoke to Evertontv about Bernard, adding: "Bernard can help with everything we need. "He did well [against West Ham], he had a good impact in a difficult moment in the match. "He is a different profile from the other wingers in our squad. He is a quality player and he will help us. "If I need 90 minutes from him, he is ready. We have one more session and then I will take that decision."

  • Walcott: I wasn't enjoying it at Arsenal...

    Everton forward Theo Walcott has credited his switch to the Toffees for reigniting his passion for football, admitting that he feels he will have 'greater times' than when he was at Arsenal. The 29-year-old made the move to Goodison Park from the Gunners in January earlier this ...

    Walcott: I wasn't enjoying it at Arsenal, I'll have greater times at Everton

    Everton forward Theo Walcott has credited his switch to the Toffees for reigniting his passion for football, admitting that he feels he will have 'greater times' than when he was at Arsenal. The 29-year-old made the move to Goodison Park from the Gunners in January earlier this year following 12 years at the Emirates Stadium. The forward is relishing his resurgence on Merseyside and maintains that his move away from north London was the right call to make. “I wasn’t enjoying it. I’ll be honest. I was frustrated, I wasn’t playing, I didn’t play a lot of the games,” Walcott told the Mirror about his last few seasons under Arsene Wenger. “Having spent so much time there, done so well, it does hurt, but that’s gone now. I had great times but I feel like I’m going to have even greater times here, I really do. “I also feel like I’m playing with a smile on my face. If I’m doing that then the best will come out.” Walcott initially signed for Everton when they were under the guidance of former England manager Sam Allardyce but he is highly effusive in his praise for current coach Marco Silva, who arrived at the club during the off-season. Silva was linked with a move to the Toffees following a brilliant start to the previous campaign at Watford and the forward thinks that the Portuguese can lift the club to new heights. “I genuinely believe, the football we are playing, the way the manager can take us, is above Arsenal and more,” Walcott added. “That’s the reason I joined the club, with the young talent coming through and the signings. I feel like we’re nearly there, I really do. “With Marco Silva, the way he coaches players, he has that knowledge, he wants the best out of you. He wants something out of you all the time and, having seen him work in a short space of time, it’s only going to improve.” Everton meet Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend as they look to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat to West Ham.

  • Arsenal ‘working a lot harder’ under Eme...

    Alex Iwobi has revealed that Arsenal are ‘working a lot harder’ under new manager Unai Emery than Arsene Wenger. After a sloppy start under the new gaffer with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea, the Gunners have started flourishing. On Thursday, the north ...

    Arsenal ‘working a lot harder’ under Emery, says Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi has revealed that Arsenal are ‘working a lot harder’ under new manager Unai Emery than Arsene Wenger. After a sloppy start under the new gaffer with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea, the Gunners have started flourishing. On Thursday, the north Londoners clinch their fourth consecutive win with a 4-2 thumping of Ukrainian side Vorskla in a Uefa Europa League game at the Emirates Stadium. And the Nigeria international who played a significant role in the tie has disclosed that the team is gradually adjusting to the ‘new ideas’ from their boss. “He's a new manager, a new system," Iwobi told ESPN. "Like I said, we are buying in to new ideas so it will take a bit of time but we're slowly getting there. "Obviously we are winning games now, we just have to keep being consistent and keep on pushing. "He demands a lot, we are working a lot harder in training, running a bit more. "But as you can see, we are buying into his ideas and we are enjoying our time with him. "We are not going to dwell on the past, we are always looking forward to the next game. "We learn from out mistakes like we have done. "We have got four wins on the bounce now so we have just got to keep on going keep this momentum going and try to get as many wins as we can, like I'm saying." Arsenal will be looking to continue with the momentum when they lock horns with Everton in Sunday’s Premier League outing.  

  • Leno will get more chances, says Emery

    Bernd Leno has been promised more starting opportunities by Arsenal boss Unai Emery after the goalkeeper aired his frustrations over a lack of playing time. Following his reported €22 million (£19.8m/$25.8m) move from Bayer Leverkusen in July, Leno made his Gunners debut in Thur...

    Leno will get more chances, says Emery

    Bernd Leno has been promised more starting opportunities by Arsenal boss Unai Emery after the goalkeeper aired his frustrations over a lack of playing time. Following his reported €22 million (£19.8m/$25.8m) move from Bayer Leverkusen in July, Leno made his Gunners debut in Thursday's 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla. Although many expected the German's arrival would see Petr Cech's position usurped, Emery has stuck with the 36-year-old in the Premier League. Cech has kept his place despite an indifferent start to the campaign, which has been blighted by suggestions he is not suited to Emery's approach of playing out from the back, something Leno was renowned for at Leverkusen. Leno gave an interview in the wake of the Vorskla win in which he claimed he had expected to be starting every week in the Premier League, and while Emery is unable to make such a promise at this time, he did insist further opportunities will be forthcoming. "When you start the pre-season, you have 25 players and you need passion with every player, and above all with the young players or the new players," Emery told reporters on Friday. "Their experience is very important, like other things, to play each match in the Premier League because the competition is stronger. "With Leno, we are very happy. He played his first match in the first XI and we need to continue to give him chances, and also confidence for when he plays to have the best performance." Leno's performance gave every indication that he is indeed more suited to Arsenal's new style of play, and it was put to Emery that the 26-year-old might keep his place for Everton's visit on Sunday. Emery, however, did little to offer Leno encouragement, insisting a decision over his starting line-up is yet to be made. "My idea for each match is to arrive in the last hours to decide and say to the players my decision," he said. "But now the [priority] for us is a good performance and we spoke with every player, and with this situation with the goalkeepers, [we spoke] to explain the situation at the moment and continue working for each match to give us the performance."

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