Newly appointed managers Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta watched from the stands as Everton held Arsenal to a draw in the Premier League here on Saturday.
Both Ancelotti and Arteta as expected to take over Everton and Arsenal, respectively, for the boxing day fixtures against Burnley and Bournemouth, respectively.
Both sides had their share of possession but couldn’t be separated in a goalless draw at the Goodison Park.
Everton is now unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions, since losing 5-2 against Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Arsenal, on the other hand, is winless in their last three games in all competitions, since a 3-2 a success at West Ham.
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The Toffees have now kept two consecutive clean sheets against Arsenal for the first time since August 1978.
The Gunners, on the other hand, had failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 17 Premier League matches, before this fixture.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang had the best chance of the match, six minutes after kick-off, but was denied his 12th of the season by a fine stop from Jordan Pickford.
“For me personally I want to win. I feel we have taken strides in how we want to play football,” said Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.
Arsenal will now take on Bournemouth while Everton host Burnley on Boxing Day.