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Rafael Benitez provides cryptic explanation for Lucas Digne’s absence vs Arsenal

Rafael Benitez provides cryptic explanation for Digne’s absence vs Arsenal Rafael Benitez provides cryptic explanation for Digne’s absence vs Arsenal



















Rafael Benitez provides cryptic explanation for Lucas Digne’s absence vs Arsenal


Everton boss Rafael Benitez has, on Monday evening, provided an altogether cryptic explanation for the absence of Lucas Digne from his squad to face Arsenal.

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Benitez will of course lead his troops back into action shortly.

On the back of an alarming stretch of form which has seen them slip to the depths of 16th in the Premier League table, the Toffees are set to welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park, for a highly-anticipated showdown.

Everton, for obvious reasons, will head into tonight’s proceedings nothing short of desperate for a bounce-back result, having not secured a single 3-point haul since all the way back in September.

Such woes even saw the club part ways with Director of Football Marcel Brands 24 hours ago.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Everton Director of Football, Marcel Brands looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on September 1, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

‘Not available…’

As alluded to above, though, Everton’s efforts to steady the ship up against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will come with one of the club’s key performers watching on from the sidelines.

The player in question? Lucas Digne.

Upon the hosts’ matchday squad for tonight’s clash being unveiled a short time ago, first-choice left-back Digne marked an altogether conspicuous absence:

In turn, speaking to the media during his pre-match media duties ahead of kick-off, Rafael Benitez was unsurprisingly drawn on the whereabouts of his defensive star.

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The Everton boss, however, refused to provide a straight answer, simply insisting that Digne is ‘not available’, despite assurances elsewhere that the Frenchman has not picked up any form of injury problem.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Brentford FC 15 -2 17
13 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
14 Leeds United 15 -7 16
15 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
16 Everton FC 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10
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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
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