Arsenal are currently feeling the heat after losing to Bayern and Stoke but apparently there is someone else also who is not feeling too cool under his collar.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes it’s a bad time to face Arsenal. Arsenal are still reeling from a shock 1-0 defeat to Stoke which severely hampered their chances of winning the premier league and Martinez believes it is the worst possible time to face the Gunners as they will be looking to bounce back and try to win the only trophy they can realistically win this season.
Arsenal are currently four points adrift of Chelsea on the EPL table and will know that to be back in serious reckoning they will have to win all the fixtures in March which includes trips to Tottenham and Chelsea and a home game against City. It is a magnanimous task and the Arsenal manager will know that despite his team’s ability to spring a surprise, he would better served by aiming for the FA Cup.
Everton performed admirably when they last visited the Emirates managing to hold the Gunners to a 1-1 draw but Martinez knows it will be harder this time around.
“If you wanted to find a bad time to play them, now is probably the moment,” Martinez is quoted as saying.
“The worst thing in football – and probably life – is the unknown.
“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.
“Playing at home is a major factor for them and they’re going to try and take advantage of that and bounce back from the weekend. 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.”