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What The Papers Say - 2 March

Boss tips Rom for the top, plus Mirallas on Arsenal.

What The Papers Say - 2 March

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Following Saturday's victory over West Ham United, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the local and national press that matchwinner Romelu Lukaku can be "as good as he wants".

The Sunday Echo, Sunday Mirror and Observer all carry the quotes, with Martinez also revealing he felt the Belgian would make a greater impact off the bench following his recent ankle injury and a lingering chest infection.

Also in the Mirror, Martinez is reported to want to offer Gareth Barry an £8million three-year contract to sign on permanently with the Blues. The loanee's Manchester City contract is up at the end of the season and his future is yet to be decided.

Speaking to the Sunday Echo, Kevin Mirallas says he is under no illusions that the FA Cup quarter-final showdown at Arsenal is the biggest game of his team’s season after being given a crash course on what the competition means to Evertonians by the Blues’ Scouse stars.

The winger says Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman are all doing their best to ensure the team is focused on taking victory at Emirates Stadium, while he adds every player who appeared in last season's quarter-final defeat against Wigan Athletic is desperate to make amends.

On the topic of the cup trip to Arsenal, former defender Mick Lyons recalls our 1981 third round triumph over the Gunners in the Sunday Mirror, while various newspapers report that Toffees youngster Shane Duffy was on the scoresheet for loan club Yeovil in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Reading.

Finally, in another tabloid, columnist Harry Redknapp earmarks Ross Barkley as one of a group of youngsters who can ensure a bright future for the England national side.

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