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What The Papers Say - 6 April

Barry on Everton and England, plus Osman to get testimonial.

What The Papers Say - 6 April

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

Sunday's newspapers are full of build up to the visit of Arsenal, with Roberto Martinez, Gareth Barry, Leon Osman, Steven Naismith and John Stones all featuring.

Midfielder Barry has given an exclusive interview to the Sunday People, in which he explains how Martinez painted a picture of success for him at Everton and how it is all now coming true.

The Manchester City loanee goes on to state his belief that his current boss can become one of the game's legendary managers and adds that he had no idea how impressive Everton's crop of young players were until he faced them in training.

Barry also discusses England and admits he has all but given up hope of a Three Lions recall ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The People is also one of various newspapers to reveal that Barry's midfield cohort Osman is to be handed a testimonial this summer.

The 32-year-old has racked up almost 400 appearances for the Toffees since making his debut in January 2003 and will donate the funds raised to Claire House and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Osman also tells the Daily Star Sunday and the Sunday Mirror that this is the best Everton team he has played in - but that he feels they will have to defeat the Gunners today if they're to have a chance of Champions League qualification.

Quoted in the Sunday Mail, Scotland international Naismith says Martinez has opened his eyes to a whole new way of playing and that he now finds himself studying games more intently when watching on the television.

In the Sunday People, Stones is tipped to make England's provisional World Cup squad following his impressive run at centre-half.

Another story in many of the day's papers is Arsene Wenger's call for loan players to be able to feature against their parent clubs. The Frenchman says there is a unfair advantage when the likes of Barry and Romelu Lukaku are unable to play against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. The Frenchman also praises midfielder Ross Barkley but suggests it may be too soon to take him to Brazil. 

Finally, the Sunday Telegraph say Everton pipping Arsenal to Champions League qualification would be good for football and "cheer the neutrals" by ending the top-four dominance of a handful of usual suspects.

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