Everton ready for 'glamorous' FA Cup trip to Arsenal

Friday 07 Mar 2014
Roberto Martinez aiming to win his second FA Cup

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists there were no complaints at Goodison Park when his side were drawn to face Arsenal in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.

The two Premier League clubs, who have amassed 15 FA Cup trophies between them, will lock horns at Emirates Stadium on Saturday in front of the ITV cameras with a place in the last four up for grabs.

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With two sides, Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, outside of the top flight still remaining in the competition, Martinez could have been forgiven for wishing to face non-Premier League opposition instead - but he says nothing could be further from the truth.

Martinez said: "The whole squad is ready. It's a glamorous tie and we're all looking forward to it. There is never a good or a bad time to face a top team. We admire Arsenal immensely - the way they play, the team that they are.

"If you want to be winning a competition like The FA Cup you need to be able to find a way to be effective against a team like Arsenal. It's not a moment to complain about the luck or lack of luck we had in the draw."

The Spaniard is bidding to become to the first manager to win The FA Cup in consecutive seasons with different clubs, having led Wigan to glory under The Arch last May.


Arsenal and Everton meet at the Emirates on Saturday

Everton secured a creditable point at Arsenal in the league earlier this season and Martinez is hoping for a similar performance from his charges this time around.

He added: "I've seen them a few times this season and they're a side that are as good as anyone when they get on the ball. And they've got free movement. And we will have to be at our best.

"We need to replicate the level of performance we had at the Emirates earlier in the season.

"From our point of view it's about making sure we can be effective in front of goal and we can have a real threat. I do feel the squad is in a good moment."

By FA Staff