Lampard Previews Arsenal And Reveals Summer Plans

Frank Lampard says Everton will go "full pelt" against Arsenal, before swiftly switching focus to making improvements and creating a "more robust" squad to take the Blues forward this summer.

The Toffees secured their Premier League status for 2022/23 in dramatic fashion at Goodison Park on Thursday evening, fighting back to win 3-2 against Crystal Palace after trailing 2-0 at half-time.

Now, attentions switch to the final game of the campaign, with a trip to The Emirates to face Arsenal on Sunday (4pm) - with Lampard looking forward to watching his players perform without the intense pressure of a relegation battle looming over them.

"I will relax more and I don't mean that in a light-hearted way because I understand Arsenal and Tottenham are in a battle and we'll go and do our absolute best to approach the game in the right way," he said.

"At the same time, we've not had that luxury - others have and we saw that playing against Brentford and then again against Palace in the first half. There's something nice about 'relaxing'. 

"Since my first day here we've not had chance to do that and maybe that's the Premier League, but our situation also added to that. 

"It'll be nice for the players to have that feeling.

"A couple of players who maybe haven't had opportunities will get opportunities, but we'll be going full pelt to try to get the right result."

Lampard also outlined his intentions to quickly get to work on planning for next term, starting with his first pre-season as Everton manager.

The Blues boss is looking forward to the prospect of working alongside Director of Football Kevin Thelwell to improve his squad.

"I've been thinking about [the longer-term], obviously it's been second in the list of priorities because we had to get this done - but now we'll continue to think about that because we want to take the Club forward," said Lampard.

"It has to improve. We have to improve. I have to. I have to get to work in pre-season and have a pre-season with the players, myself and the staff will have chance to do that work now. 

"We'll look at how we can work [with the players] which is the first thing, then, about how we can add to improve.

"Can we make the squad stronger and more balanced? I believe we can. It's important we look at it that way - and it's important we look at it quickly.

"We have that. We have Kevin Thelwell now, we have the Board who want to get the best out of this club. 

"We don't want to be here next year but we understand if we don't make positive moves then it's possible, so we'll be ready to move on that quickly.

"If we want to start playing a bit better between the lines, then it starts from the back and we'll look at all the things through the middle of the pitch.

"I also want the squad to be more robust. 

"We've had far too many injuries - we came into injuries and those injuries continued and ramped up. We lost two centre-backs in my first week here, one for 10 weeks, the other for five weeks. Then, we lost them again later on.

"There are things we have to look at around the whole situation that can help that stuff.

"But I've been really pleased with the players commitment and togetherness - they deserve their moment and I don't want to take away from plaudits the players deserve tonight."