Arsenal and Everton played out a terrible 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was a strange occasion at Goodison Park with both interim coaches in the dugouts, Duncan Ferguson and Freddie Ljungberg, taking charge of their final games in the role.
That's because Mikel Arteta was unveiled as the Arsenal manager on Friday afternoon and Carlo Ancelotti was named the new Everton boss less than two hours before the match.
Ljungberg selected a youthful starting XI before handing the keys to Arteta with youngsters Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson all getting the nod.
Meanwhile, Ferguson - who led the Toffees to a win, draw and loss during his first three games - picked a more familiar line-up that included former Arsenal academy product Alex Iwobi.
Everton 0-0 Arsenal
However, neither manager-in-waiting would have taken much in the way of positivity from the opening quarter of the match as both sides laboured and failed to create any major openings.
In fact, the remainder of the first-half wasn't much better either with Arsenal not producing a single shot until the 45th minute and neither side managing to register an effort on target.
Ljungberg clearly gave his team a talking to at the interval, though, as the Gunners remerged with far more hunger and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced a smart save from Jordan Pickford.
But Arsenal were lucky to keep 11 men on the pitch. Saka, who had already been booked, was fortunate to be on the receiving end of some lenient refereeing after another touch tackle.
Everton eventually perked up in the 68th minute and if it wasn't for some heroic defending from Lucas Torreira, the Toffees might have profited from a superb run from Richarlison.
Ferguson sub-subs AGAIN
In fact, the game was so dire that the biggest talking point was that Ferguson sub-subbed an Everton striker for the second game on the bounce.
Less than a week after hitting the headlines for taking off Moise Kean at Old Trafford having already brought him off the bench, Cenk Tosun suffered the exact same fate.
The decision was so bizarre that Ancelotti was seen laughing in the stands - and we're not surprised.
What is your obsession with this tactic, Duncan?
It's probably a good job that the Scotsman isn't taking the job on a permanent basis, because he seems hellbent on destroying the confidence of every Everton striker.
Besides, after Kean went storming down the Old Trafford touchline last week, Tosun made a similar march down the Everton tunnel and straight to the dressing room.News Now - Sport News