Martinez: We'll Need To Be Perfect
But boss says there's no better inspiration than Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez believes Everton may need to produce the "perfect" performance to emerge victorious from their crunch clash with Arsenal on Sunday - but insists there is no better inspiration to do that than playing in front of a packed Goodison Park.
Tickets for the all-important showdown with the Gunners have long sold out, with the game likely to have a telling impact on the top-four aspirations of both sides.
Everton head into the meeting just four points adrift of the fourth-placed Gunners, but with a game in-hand against lowly Crystal Palace.
The Blues have won four straight matches since suffering an FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal early last month and are also on the hunt for a ninth straight Goodison victory.
Should they achieve it, it would represent the Club's equal best home run since 1969, and speaking on Friday, Martinez said: "We respect and admire this Arsenal team and we know we'll have to be perfect. But if we achieve that level of perfection in our performance, we're capable of competing against anyone at Goodison - it's the perfect place to try to do that.
"The FA Cup quarter-final left us with a sour taste in our mouths and we need to use everything on Sunday to our best advantage.
"It [Everton's home form] is very significant, especially at this stage of the season, where the season has been so good and the players have earned the opportunity to be challenging for a top-four finish. It's not by accident that we've got ourselves into this position and we want to fight now for every point we can.
"With four games out of the seven to be at Goodison, that's going to be a major influence, and we're going to use that to our advantage.
"Arsenal this weekend is a great opportunity, a great occasion but, in the same manner, winning it doesn't guarantee you a place in the top four and losing it doesn't put you out of the race. There's 21 points to play for and it's down to how many we can get of those."
Arsenal are expected to have midfielder Aaron Ramsey back in their squad for the trip to Merseyside, the Welshman having been sidelined since Boxing Day with a thigh problem.
Prior to that, the 23-year-old had netted 13 goals in 27 games, helping fire the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table.
But Martinez says Sunday's visitors are a threat whoever they have available, meaning Everton will need to be at their best no matter what XI they face.
He added: "They've had significant injuries and it just shows you the quality of the players that they have, when you've got players like Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott who've been missing.
"They're not the the type of football club who moan about that, they just get on with it, they use the options that they've got in the squad and whoever comes in carries the football philosophy, style and technical ability that that team requires.
"In that respect, it's not going to be about the players they have available, it's about how we can perform as a team and how we can impose ourselves on a game that may go down to the small details."