Everton manager Rafa Benitez dropped left-back Lucas Digne for the game against Arsenal because of a row, according to reports.

The France international was left out of the 20-man squad for the Premier League fixture, which resulted in a 2-1 win for the Toffees.

Benitez opted to play Ben Godfrey at left-back, despite the centre-back being predominantly right-footed.

Digne has been a fans' favourite at Goodison Park since his move from Barcelona in the summer of 2018, making 125 appearances to date.

He also shared the club's Players' Player of the Season award with Idrissa Gueye in 2018-19.

Lucas Digne missed Everton's 2-1 win against Arsenal on Monday (

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"I have felt the love from the supporters ever since I arrived at Everton," said Digne in May 2020.

"I want to give back on the pitch and I have given everything for the club since I have been here. I love the relationship I have with Evertonians.

"They have even written a song for me, and I want to say thank you to them for that. We have something special in this club."

Many suspected Digne was injured for the match but, according to The Athletic, that was not the case and he was available for selection.

Benitez and the player are said to have a "fractious" relationship over the manager's defensive style of play.

It's believed Digne isn't a fan of the counter-attack as it limits his influence on games and is disgruntled at being taken off set pieces.

The alleged bust-up is thought to have happened shortly before the Arsenal game in Spanish.

Digne's future could now hang on Benitez's position at Goodison Park, as the manager is still in danger of getting the chop after a dreadful run of form.

Prior to the Arsenal victory, Everton had picked up just one point from seven Premier League games.

Digne could reportedly leave Goodison Park in January if Benitez remains in charge and their relationship hasn't improved.

The man who brought the player to the club, Marcel Brands, left his position as director of football earlier this week after spending nearly £300million in three years.

Owner Farhad Moshiri gave the Liverpool icon the dreaded vote of confidence last week, insisting he is the man to take the club forward.

Rafa Benitez remains under pressure at Everton (

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"Football is about crisis one day and glory the following day," said Moshiri.

"Rafa is a good manager and underperformance is largely due to the injuries. Next two weeks, we will get to a full squad and, in the meantime, results will improve.

"Rafa needs time to have his mark on the squad. He will be supported to add depth to the squad. Managers need time. I have no doubt that we will have a strong second-half to the season."

Everton have a difficult run of games coming up, starting with a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Sunday.

After that, they play Chelsea, Leicester, Burnley, Everton and Newcastle before the end of the calendar year.

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