(CNN)With their two new bosses watching from the stands, Everton and Arsenal played out a tepid goalless draw in their English Premier League match at Goodison Park Saturday.
The game came just a few hours after Carlo Ancelotti was confirmed as the new Everton boss, while Mikel Arteta was unveiled Friday as Unai Emery's successor.
The point has left Everton lanquishing in 15th place, four points above the relegation zone, while Arsenal has won only once in 13 games in all competitions, six points adrift of the final Champions League spot, having played a game more than fourth-placed Chelsea.
The scale of the challenge facing both new appointees was evident from this lackluster affair, with Everton, under the temporary charge of Duncan Ferguson for the final time, failing to register a shot on target, its only significant effort a second half shot from Dominic Calvert-Lewin that drew appeals for a penalty as it was deflected away.
Nonetheless, Ferguson's caretaker reign after the sacking of Marco Silva has seen the Toffees come through a tough run of four games, with the only defeat the League Cup quarterfinal to Leicester City on penalties in midweek.
Ancelotti confirmed after the match that Ferguson's services would be retained, as the 60-year-old attempts to boost the fortunes of a club with a proud tradition in the English top-flight.
"This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base," Ancelotti said in a statement released by the club after he signed on a four-year-deal.
"There is a clear vision from the owner and the board to deliver success and trophies.
"That is something that appeals to me as a manager and I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the club to help make that vision a reality."