Everton latest: Martinez says Arsenal draw was key moment last season

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Everton ran Arsenal close in the race for fourth place last season, and whilst they dismantled the Gunners in a 3-0 thumping at Goodison Park towards the end of the campaign, manager Roberto Martinez says it was the 1-1 draw between the two sides in August which was the pivotal moment in Everton's season.

"We had many good moments last season but I must admit that the performance at the Emirates was very satisfying because it was in the most demanding week of the season," said Martinez. "We had just visited Old Trafford and then had to face a team that was having a very good moment of form. They were probably the outstanding team of the season at that time and so the way we performed was in a manner that it felt right and that we were ready to kick on in the season.

Meanwhile, with Martinez planning to take Everton into the Europa League next season, the Everton transfer rumour mill has been working in overdrive today.

Firstly, speculation continues to link the Toffees with a swoop to sign Feyenoord centre back Stefan de Vrij. The Dutch international has been key for the Netherlands at the World Cup, and Martinez spent some time around Louis van Gaal's side during their training sessions in order to look for new players. With Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin now both over 30, it's no surprise to see the Spaniard considering younger alternatives, but he could be rivalled by Manchester United for de Vrij's signature.

Another defender being linked with a switch to Merseyside is Dundee United left back Andrew Robertson. The 20-year-old has impressed in Scotland, and with question marks over how Bryan Oviedo will return from injury, Everton could to land a young understudy to Leighton Baines. Reports suggest that West Ham are also interested, but given that they're set to land Ipswich's Aaron Cresswell, Everton are now the favourites for his signature.

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