Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents
Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with a fantastic finish from distance to put Everton ahead early but Arsenal swept through with three goals as Gana was sent off
I’m not one for sacking managers quickly. I like to see managers given the opportunity to build a team. It hasn’t been our style and I want to believe it can work under Ronald Koeman. That said, the pressure is on, and failure to beat Arsenal, a Carabao Cup exit at Chelsea, and defeat at Leicester City would pretty much make his position untenable.
Everton under Koeman are simply dull. They’re boring to watch, easy to defend against and too easy to score against if you attack them enough within a given 90 minutes.
A poor match came to life with Brighton scoring, Rooney saving Koeman's side with a fortuitous penalty
This was Everton showing commitment, decent tempo and tenacity – in the early going, at least – and it still wasn’t enough. Not by a long way.
After the debacle that was Thursday night, we licked our wounds and girded our loins and trouped back to the Grand Old Lady via the Room of Nonsense to sort out team and tactics before heading off to sample the real thing.
The talk on everyone’s lips after the game of course was, should Ronald Koeman be sacked. It’s safe to say, most of the supporters seem to think so. Personally, I’m pretty neutral.
Despite a bright attacking start, Burnley took the lead with an easy goal. Everton had no meaningful reply, with Koeman now under massive pressure.
The Europa League campaign doesn’t have to be doom and gloom just yet but we are certainly doing it the hard way.
Win we did. It still wasn't especially pretty up until the winning goal just five minutes later, but we persevered
The Senegalese striker helped bail Koeman out of another uncomfortable post-match inquest with a two-goal blast in the space of five minutes that turned this match on its head and delivered three points that seemed unlikely before he entered the fray 10 minutes into the second half
All in all a good day out. A win which was vital in terms of confidence. Niasse comes in from the cold. Will Big Ron apologise for his treatment of the lad? He should.
After going behind to a fine Josh King goal, supersub Oumar Niasse came on to score twice and underline his newfound cult status.
Valencia scored a screamer after 4 minutes but Everton came close until they gave up three goals at the end after Rooney had gone off.
Following on from my thread about our trip to Croatia, I thought I would give a report on our trip to Atalanta, not giving any opinion on the match itself as we all know what a crock of shit that was.
The largely one-dimensional approach to recruitment this summer has led to Everton’s uninspiring start to the new season, one which has, over the past two games, lurched from concerning into the realm of deeply demoralising.
Overall a very frustrating day. Time for manager and players to stand up and get themselves welded into a coherent team.
Everton’s showed some attacking intent but allowed Kane to score his first of the season before gifting a finish for Eriksen, and another for Kane after the break.
With just six shots on target in the opening three games, the problems that were laid bare today can’t be explained away by mere fatigue alone, even if it was undoubtedly a factor for those who did play in all three matches in just six days. The same nagging deficiencies remain despite massive expenditure on upgrading the team.
Everton tried to keep it tight, and gave up two goals in an abysmal first period.
It’s a shame that Dominic Calvert-Lewin's impressive assist for Wayne Rooney in the 35th-minute of this early-season tussle between Manchester and Merseyside at the Etihad didn’t end up serving up a precious winner.
Wayne Rooney scores his 200th Premier League goal and celebrates in fine style at The Etihad, where City are down to 10 men.
With four clean sheets in four games, it’s hard to complain. I’ll be interested to see where we stand in a month’s time.
All-in-all, a good day out and now we can turn our minds to Thursday when off we go again.
With the fixtures upcoming, I was simply relieved to be coming away with the three points, our first opening day win for five years
The Prodigal Son brought all his experience to bear against Stoke, scoring the winner and helping Everton dictate much of the second half to hold on for a 1-0 victory.
A dreadful half turned on its head with a lovely move, great cross and fine header from Wayne Rooney before the break.
Luckily we didn't book our trip to the Netherlands for Everton's game-that-wasn't against Groningen and so, when the game against Genk was announced, Gaz and I were able to book some flights to Brussels Charleroi.