Koeman: I think the players back me

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes he still has the support of his players after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal dumped them into the relegation zone.

The Toffees have now won just once since opening day, and came undone against the Gunners in a match that also saw them reduced to 10 men, as faith in the Dutchman declines.

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“With every manager working with 28-29 players you cannot work with all of them being happy but there’s still enough understanding,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s my opinion but I don’t know.

“The final result is really very disappointing. Until 1-2 we stayed in the game. Arsenal were the better team and had the better chances but still by 1-2 you can get one point out of this but after the sending off of Gana it’s difficult.

“They have the qualities to break you down. That’s really disappointing. It’s not the time to start to be crazy because I am responsible for this team. We lost 5-2 today. It’s a big result even against teams like Arsenal so OK, we see what will happen.

“We played nine Premier League games. We played against the first five of the Premier League last season and this is not a good position for Everton.

“I’ve been working in football for a long time so I know what can happen. First of all, I don’t think it’s too late.”