After losing to Manchester United last weekend, Everton will be looking to make a point against Arsenal when the two sides meet at the Emirates on Saturday evening.
With Manchester United using their defeat at the hands of the Gunners to fire themselves up ahead of their game against the Toffees, Everton will be hoping they can capitalise on the fatigue Arsenal players will certainly be feeling after their midweek heroics.
Is this a new thing now, are we the side that is being used to kick-start things for others?
Speaking to the press, Roberto Martinez said “It [the defeat to Manchester United] was a really bad day for us.
“It was one of those results that you could not see coming. You didn’t expect.
“As a team we want to get back to our level, the level we have showed consistently this season, and now we will have to do it at one of the hardest arenas in the league and one of the hardest oppositions.
“You see what Arsenal achieved in the league in recent weeks and especially in the game against Bayern Munich when they deserved to win.
“We are going to find a team in the best moment of confidence and belief.
“But we need to look at ourselves and react from what happened in our performance last weekend. I don’t think a team as experienced in those European nights as Arsenal will suffer a hangover from the Bayern game.
“I don’t think they will have any negative effect. If anything, they get incredible momentum from that win.
“Historically, it is not a fixture that we do too well in as a football club. So that is an added incentive for us to make sure we can change that round and that would be a good way of finishing a block of 10 league games.”
Everton currently sit in ninth position in the league having won three and lost two. They have scored 12 while conceding 11, both four more than Arsenal have scored or let in.
Games against Everton, despite the odd freak result, are rarely easy and with a Bayern hangover likely to be still in full swing, I doubt this weekend will be any exception.