Martinez Has No Emirates Fear
Boss takes heart from December's draw with Arsenal.
Roberto Martinez says he is happy not be walking to into the 'unknown' when it comes to trying to undo Arsenal on their own patch.
The Spaniard takes his Everton team to Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon attempting to plot a route through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Martinez's men were full value for their 1-1 draw when they travelled to north London in the Premier League three months ago, but the Blues boss can also call on the know-how gained from a 2-1 win over the Gunners while manager of Wigan Athletic in May 2012.
“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."
In December’s meeting against the Gunners, Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench to salvage a deserved late point.
The winger’s cameo was a post-match talking point, along with Everton’s fearless attitude.
The Blues occupied 56 per cent possession in the capital and peppered keeper Wojciech Szczesny with 16 attempts on goal.
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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