Presence of new managers leaves Arsenal and Everton players with a spring in their step and a feeling things can be different

Watching the faces file out of the Goodison Park dressing rooms it was impossible to tell that most of those emerging had been involved in one of the least eventful Premier League games in memory. Everton and Arsenal had created no more than three goalscoring chances between them but anyone who stopped to reflect was keener to dwell on the possibilities that lie ahead.

Behind those doors both sets of players had just been addressed by their managers: the first time Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta had debriefed their charges on a matchday. The consequence was a collective spring in the step, a bubbliness out of keeping with what had passed and a sense of optimism that this time, under managers who set huge stock in making individuals better, things may just be different.

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