What The Papers Say - 9 March
Sunday's papers report on yesterday's FA Cup tie
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Sunday’s newspapers report on Everton’s FA Cup exit at Arsenal yesterday.
The Blues suffered a 4-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium and, speaking in the Sunday Echo, Roberto Martinez felt the turning point in the contest was when Ross Barkley missed a chance to put Everton ahead with the score poised at 1-1.
The match report in the Sunday Echo claims Arsenal ran out winners by such a margin because they ‘wanted it more’.
Barkley, John Stones and Romelu Lukaku were all given seven out of 10 in the Echo’s player ratings.
Also in the same paper, columnist Lee Carsley says it’s important Everton don’t feel too sorry for themselves following the Arsenal defeat and that a big push is required to secure European qualification through the league.
Reports on yesterday’s cup tie feature in all of the national newspapers, though much of the focus is on how Arsenal are now just two steps away from ending their nine-year trophy drought.
The Mail on Sunday praises Barkley’s performance against the Gunners, saying the midfielder was ‘doing his best’ to convince the nation that he should be part of the England World Cup squad.
Meanwhile, in the Daily Star Sunday, Aiden McGeady has praised Martinez’s managerial methods. The former Celtic and Spartak Moscow man says the Blues boss is tactically one of the best managers he has worked under.