Everton Boss, Roberto Martinez; following his teams loss in the hands of Crystal Palace said that expects Arsenal to also drop points as the league reaches its climax.
The Toffees’ lost all three points as they fell 3-2 to relegation threatened Crystal Palace in a rescheduled English Premier League match played at the Goodison Park this week.
This defeat however moved the gunners back on-top of the Toffees’ as the North London outfit cruised to a 3-1 win at the Emirates over West Ham United also in the midweek.
While speaking after the match, the Spaniards said he expects the Gunners to drop points along the way:
“We have 12 points to play for,”said Martinez.
“We are close to fourth place and we are still in a good position.
“I don’t think Arsenal will take maximum points from their remaining games.
“If you looked at the start of the season, it’s a magnificent position.
“The way we finished the second half gives me great optimism we can finish the season strongly.”
When managers speak like this, you begin to imagine if it has nothing to do with pride or overconfidence. What makes the Everton manager thinks Arsenal won’t win all their remaining matches? What makes him think Everton are also capable of winning all remaining matches? According to the remaining fixtures, Everton are still to play Man City and Man United; while Arsenal on the other hand have the easier run with matches against Hull City and Newcastle still to come.
The Manager when asked about his teams defeat at the hands of Palace said…
“The result is a hurtful one because of the expectation that we had and the desire that we brought into the game,” he said.
“In the first half we played with a bit of wanting to win so much that we forgot about simple basics. In the second half, it was completely different.”
The claims made by the Everton boss reveals a bit of frustration in his bid to finish top four and ahead of Arsenal as the gunners have always in the last couple of years against all odds maintained the top four spot in the league ensuring their campaign in European competitions.