Arsenal are set to face Everton on the final day of the season in the last attempt to catch the Champions League train and Gareth Barry has promised that the Toffees will be ‘professional’.
With Liverpool also in the fight for the top four spot, there is a sense that the Blue part of the City won’t put up much of a fight in order to ‘help’ Arsenal leap over their fierce city rivals.
Everton’s Gareth Barry responded to such claims by saying that the team will approach the game professionally with intent of taking maximum points.
In an interview on the Everton’s website Barry added, “The Emirates is a tough place to go and Arsenal could have a massive point to prove against us because they could be in for a Champions League place.
“But we will go there, be professional and try and get the win to end the season strongly.”
Everton have already qualified for the next season’s Europa League but the Blues want to finish the season strong and avoid any accusations of ‘bias’.
Although Everton were formidable at Goodison Park this season, where they set a new record number of home points (43) and suffered only two defeats, their away record is underwhelming.
With only 18 points from their travels, and losing recently against Swansea 1-0, who just barely escaped relegation this season, Everton are welcomed guests to most Premier League grounds.
Even with Barry stating that they will put up a fight against Arsenal, there is little doubt about who any Everton fan would prefer to see progress to the Champions League when choosing between Liverpool or Arsenal.