Apr 15, 2014

    Arsenal aiming to regain top-four spot from Everton


    THE focus in the English Premier League this week will turn to the battle to secure a Champions League place, with Arsenal seeking to break back into the top four after being dislodged by Everton at the weekend.

    Arsenal, who beat Wigan on penalties on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final, welcome West Ham to the Emirates Stadium today, while Everton host Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    Fatigue will be an issue for Arsenal after 120 sapping minutes on Wembley's turf, but defender Thomas Vermaelen says that Arsene Wenger's side cannot allow that to cloud their focus.

    "It was a long day and a quick turnaround, but we've done that before, playing Saturday and Tuesday, so we can't use that as an excuse," said the Belgian. "I don't think they (West Ham) will come to the Emirates and just settle. They will come to win."

    Everton must still welcome both Manchester clubs to Goodison Park, but with a two-point advantage over Arsenal, they are in the driving seat in the race for a top-four finish.

    Said manager Roberto Martinez: "We are fighting to achieve something. We have something to win. Believe me, that in football is no pressure whatsoever."