Why Everton will be happy with Arsenal's FA Cup triumph

Roberto Martinez

The Gunners FA Cup success makes things a little easier for Everton in Europe next season.

Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Hull City at the weekend will have been cheered by Everton at the weekend due to their involvement in next season’s Europa League.

Whilst the Toffees may have been competing with Arsenal for the fourth, and final, Champions League spot in the Premier League this season, Evertonians will have been pleased with the Gunners ending their nine year trophy drought and lifting the FA Cup.

Everton will now enter the Europa League at the group stage, as opposed to the play-off stages they will have had to encounter if Hull City had claimed their first ever major honour at Wembley on Saturday.

It means that Roberto Martinez won’t have to worry about European involvement until September, allowing his side to have a good run of Premier League games at the start of the season as they bid to go one better next season and achieve Champions League qualification.

The Everton boss has made comments recently saying the Europa League is the perfect introduction to European football for his side as they look to kick on in their second under his stewardship.

He said: “I do think I’ve seen too many negative comments about the Europa League as a competition – I don’t agree with that at all.

“I think it is a perfect introduction for us to test ourselves in Europe and our ability to cope with the demands that brings.”

He will, however, be pleased that he has two fewer games to worry about in late August, with the competition this season adding the incentive of whoever ends up lifting the trophy being awarded a place in the Champions League the following season.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch