Martinez: We have to go to Arsenal and know what’s needed
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has no fear of facing Arsenal at the Emirates and says that teams that beat them there always have a clear picture of what needs to be done.
Everton travel to the capital for the FA Cup quarter final on Saturday and Martinez says that although they face a tough test, his team are more than capable of winning.
“It’s important for everyone to go somewhere and have a clear picture of what’s needed,” Martinez told evertontv. “The worse thing in football – and probably life – is the unknown.
“The fixture in December gave us all a clear indication of what’s needed if you want to be successful at the Emirates, and I think it’s reaching that level of perfection to which we aspire.
“In the past, when a team has been able to be successful at the Emirates, it’s because they’ve been very clear in what they’re doing and are perfect with it.
“It’s going to be a fascinating game from every angle you want to look into. We all know Arsenal have been an outstanding team for many years now and this season, apart from the setback they had at the weekend [when they lost at Stoke City], they’ve been very, very consistent.
“Playing at home is a major factor for them and they’re going to try to take advantage of that and bounce back from the weekend. If you wanted to find a bad time to play them, now is probably the moment.
“But if you want to be successful in any competition, you need to be able to adapt and find a way in the hardest moments. We’re excited about that and we’ll focus on ourselves to try to reach the level of perfection we’ll need to if we want to get through.”
Everton outplayed Arsenal in the same fixture in December but came away with only a point in a 1-1 draw and Martinez says it shows the performances that his team are capable of.
Martinez said: “It was a great performance and I think it showed what we are capable of doing. Since that moment we’ve moved on, we’ve improved in other areas and I think that is also something that is going to help us.
“But we’re facing a team that is involved in the latter stages of the Champions League and still has a great opportunity to win the title.
“I admire the consistency in their style and that the way in which they win football games matters. That’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
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