Roberto Martinez will speak to Gerard Deulofeu after the player dived against Arsenal in an attempt to win a free kick, as he admits that the youngster needs to learn about British culture.
Coming from Barcelona’s academy, there’s no question where Deulofeu would have picked up his tendency to go down easily, but his attempts to win a free kick after a challenge by Nacho Monreal were waved away by referee Lee Mason who opted to take no action whatsoever.
Speaking after the match, Martinez, one of the game’s good guys, told reporters “Gerard is a young man who has come into a very different game and he needs to understand the culture of the British game, but I love to see players who care and want to make things happen. He is an emotional player and I don’t think he was disrespectful in any way.
“Sometimes as a player when they keep hitting you with every chance they get, sometimes you are going to feel the challenge comes your way and maybe you are going to go to ground that little bit easier.
“Maybe he has to learn that, but it is difficult as a striker or an attacking player to cope with the amount of bad treatment you get from defenders.”
Deulofeu had a great chance to grab a point for the Toffees in the closing stages of the game, but, unlike his goal at the Emirates two seasons ago which made sure that Everton left with a draw, Petr Cech was equal to the Spaniard’s effort and Arsenal were able to hold on to all the points.