Martinez: Merseyside derby would have been 'perfect', but Arsenal…

Everton manager in Liverpool would have been the ideal FA Cup fixture claim, yet Arsenal represent an equally complex obstacle.

Arsenal defeated Liverpool by a 2-1 score at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, on the same day Everton vanquished Swansea City, to set up a quarter-final meeting between Arsene Wenger's Gunners and Roberto Martinez's Toffees side on Saturday, March 8 in North London.

Before Arsenal took on the Reds, though, the sixth-round had already been drawn, prompting commentators to ponder whether a Merseyside match-up had been written in the stars in a tie that Martinez himself claimed would have provided the 'perfect' opportunity for Everton to demonstrate their cup-winning quality.

Thus far, Everton slayed Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in the third round, prior to a 4-0 slaughter of Stevenage in the fourth round and their 3-1 triumph over the Swans. One word has typified the club's progression as Martinez said, as quoted by Sky Sports: 'It is professionalism… we were professional against a Championship team QPR, then a League One side at Stevenage [and again on Sunday].'

Against Arsenal, Martinez will come up against another sterner test: 'You always hope to have a home tie but, if you want to win the cup, you need to be able to face anyone wherever it is.'

He continued: 'A Merseyside derby would've been just perfect to show if we can win the cup or not but it is the same for Arsenal away, so we will have to be at our best.'

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