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Roberto Martinez will continue his quest to make history when he takes his Everton side to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals.



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The Spaniard guided Wigan to an unlikely success last year and he is bidding to become the first manager to win the FA Cup in successive seasons.

To do that he will have outsmart and outthink an Arsenal side that is looking to end a nine year drought for a trophy.

With their title credentials stumbling in recent weeks and their chances of progressing in the Champions League slim following a 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich, the FA Cup represents the best chance of success.

Despite their recent results, Martinez will be aware of threat that the Londoners pose.

“There’s never a good or bad time to face a top team,” he said.

“We admire them immensely, they had a disappointing result at the weekend but that doesn’t change anything.

“They’re as good as anyone when they get on the ball and we’ll have to be at our best, but if you want to win a competition like the FA Cup you have to find a way to be effective against a team like Arsenal.”

Everton’s hopes have been aided by the news that the Gunners have suffered a major blow coming into the game following the news that Jack Wilshere will be out for six weeks.

The England midfielder suffered a hairline fracture of his left foot on International duty midweek.

A statement from his club side, Arsenal, read: “Jack Wilshere has sustained a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot.

“Wilshere suffered the injury during England’s international match with Denmark on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium, in which he played 59 minutes.

“Following initial scans carried out by the FA on Wednesday night, further investigation by Arsenal’s medical team has discovered a crack to a small bone in Jack’s left foot – the navicular, an area of his foot which has not been previously injured.

“Jack will now require a period of approximately six weeks’ rehabilitation, before starting to regain his match fitness.”

Arsenal will also be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey for the clash while Everton will be without Phil Jagielka due to a hamstring injury.

The absence of the England man is likely to offset by the return of Antolin Alcaraz (groin) after a five-week absence

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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