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Ronald Koeman : Everton owners’ faith in him has not changed

Everton boss Ronald Koeman insists the club’s owners faith in him is unwavering, despite a poor start to the season.

Expectations were high at Goodison Park after their summer spending of almost £150m, but they find themselves two points above the relegation zone eight games into the Premier League season.

The pressure is mounting on the Dutchman after one win in their last seven league games, but Koeman remains confident that he still holds the support of the Everton owners.

When asked about support from the owners, Koeman said: “Yeah, that’s not changed. Of course we have daily and weekly contact, I know everybody is a little bit worried about the situation but that’s normal.

“It’s not time to stop and talk about reasons why [we haven’t lived up to expectation]. We need to take the situation how it is now and prepare the team for Sunday.

“The position we are in the league is not the position Everton needs to stay and that’s what we need to change.

“I still believe in the players and the signings we did in the summer because maybe everybody can have some doubts about several of the signings. The future will show that the signings we made were in fact good signings.”

Despite struggling in the league Koeman is still confident of his side’s chances as they prepare to host Arsenal on Sunday

“If you look back to last season, we had some great games against some of the big teams in the Premier League. And why not against Arsenal?” he told reporters.

“Arsenal is not unbeatable, it’s also not the strongest team away from home this season.

“We know we need to improve, we need to play better but I think if we bring the fight and the aggression on the pitch, in a good way, then we have a good chance to win the game.

“They rested ten players, who will start maybe on Sunday. We took the decision to give some rest to players for Sunday and I think it’s a great game to play.”

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