Carlo Ancelotti says the Everton squad revealed this week they have never watched action of his illustrious playing career.

Ancelotti was a two-time European Cup winner with AC Milan, lifted the Serie A title three times and played for Italy at the 1990 World Cup.

But in discussions with the Blues squad on Friday morning, the Italian discovered the players were not fully aware of his stellar days as a midfielder.

Ancelotti was asked why he feels it better for Andre Gomes to be thrown straight into the starting line-up, after a three month absence because of a fracture dislocation in his right ankle, when he revealed his own personal experience of coming back from injury was initially lost on the Everton squad.

"I had experience, I was a player myself....today was funny because I asked the players if they had seen me play in the past and no-one said they had!!" Ancelotti said with a laugh.

"But I was injured for two years. When I started to think about coming back to play I was happy to start the game [rather than come on as a sub] because I could prepare properly before the game.

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"In my personal opinion, to go on the pitch form the bench was not so easy for me. But this is a decision for Andre. If Andre wants to start he is ready to start. But together we will take a decision ... ok he can go on the bench and start the next game.

"He's had one full practice game. But the training has been geared towards the intensity of this game. Maybe he can't play 90 minutes of high intensity - this is normal - but his physical condition is good."

Everton take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday (4:30pm) and come face-to-face with former Goodison favourite Mikel Arteta.

Reports in December suggested the Gunners had made Ancelotti a target to replace the sacked Unai Emery but the 60-year-old insists that was not the case.

"I never talked to the Arsenal people about the job - now or in the past. I talked with other clubs in the past but never Arsenal," he said.

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He added: "There was interest from other clubs I never had contact in my career with Arsenal board or other people."

The Blues head to North London looking for a first away win over Arsenal since 1996 and a first victory against one of the established top six, away from home, since Bryan Oviedo's goal sealed a 1-0 triumph at Old Trafford in 2013.

Ancelotti was taken aback when told of Everton's wretched run.

"So not one victory! Wow! I'm going to cry! It's time to win then!" he said.

"You have to give to the players the idea and the confidence that we can do it - that we can win.

"Of course, we have prepared for the game to try and win. It will be difficult, that's normal, because Arsenal are much better at this moment. But we have worked with the idea of winning."