Old Trafford raided, Everton targets Emirates next

Thu Dec 5, 2013 6:56am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Roberto Martinez's improving Everton, buoyed after landing their first victory at Manchester United for 21 years, will try to end another long barren run when they visit Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday.

Everton have not won at the north London club since Andrei Kanchelskis scored the winner in a 2-1 triumph in January 1996 and the odds are again stacked against the visitors this weekend.

Arsenal are four points clear of second-placed Chelsea, having not lost at the Emirates in the league since they were surprisingly beaten by Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

"In football you need to go through disappointments, bide your time and wait for an opportunity," Martinez told reporters after a late goal by deputy left back Bryan Oviedo secured a surprise 1-0 victory at champions United on Wednesday.

"There is a real sense of pride because we came here with a real determination to be ourselves and I think we did that."

Oviedo, who also struck in fifth-placed Everton's 4-0 rout of Stoke City on Saturday, is only in the side because of an injury to England fullback Leighton Baines.

"It's been frustrating for him but he has shown he's ready and taken the opportunity to help the team," Martinez added.

"He has brought two goals in two games but more importantly he's shown defensive concentration in those games too. He's a real example."   Continued...

Everton players celebrate defeating Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis