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Everton fans plan mass walkout protest against Arsenal in angry gesture to board

Everton were humiliatingly beaten 4-1 by Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night in a defeat which was the final nail in the coffin for some Toffees supporters, who have now turned on the board

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Everton fans are planning a mass walkout in their Premier League fixture with Arsenal on Monday night to protest against the club’s board.

The Toffees are without a win in their last eight games and fans are frustrated at how the club, again, don’t look like they will be competing for any silverware this season.

Everton have gone 27 years without a trophy and fans are beginning to blame the board for their lack of desire to progress up the table and regain their status as one of the top clubs in England.

The final nail in the coffin was their 4-1 thumping at the hands of Liverpool at Goodison Park which highlighted further the significant difference in class between the two local rivals.

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As a result, Everton are planning to walk out of their game against the Gunners on Monday in the 27th minute in a sign to the board that what is happening at their club is simply not good enough.

Fans were urged to get on board with the first-half exit by a social media statement that read: “Show your feet on 27 minutes during the game against Arsenal on Monday evening and leave your seat.

“Let’s show the incompetence from the top at Everton Football Club cannot continue. #27minutesfor27years”

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It is believed that those who have planned the walkout do not want fans to return to their seats until the second half, meaning that Goodison Park could be largely empty for 18 minutes if most get behind the idea.

Manager Rafael Benitez has struggled to help his side re-find their form from the start of the campaign, winning four of their first six matches, which has largely been down to their injury woes and lack of depth.

Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored 16 last season, has not featured since August and key centre-back Yerry Mina was last seen playing for Colombia on the 15th of October.

The Toffees have spent £500million on players in the last five years, but they still do not look like an improved unit for their spending spree and owner Farhad Moshiri will need to invest heavily again if he wants to be at the helm of a title competitor.

Everton have seriously missed Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the most part of this season

Writing for the Daily Mail, former Premier League defender Micah Richards wrote off the mess on the blue side of Merseyside; he said: “Everton should be a club putting pressure on the European places. Martinez, who took the team to fifth in 2014, has regularly told me about it being an amazing place with incredible potential and how he loved his time there, following on from David Moyes.

“Now all the talk is about building a new stadium on Liverpool’s waterfront but part of me wonders whether they have become too sidetracked by that project —there’s no point having a brand new house if there is nothing to put inside it.

“Standards have fallen in the one area of the club that matters more than anything — the actual football, as shown on Wednesday when they were thrashed in the Merseyside derby.

“Unfortunately, they have got themselves into a horrible mess, one that has led fans to talk about the prospect of relegation. Everton won’t go down — but it’s going to be a long road back.”

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