Naismith confident Everton will be a threat to Arsenal in cup meeting

Steven Naismith believes Everton’s form this season shows they have no reason to fear Arsenal in their FA Cup quarter final clash at the weekend.

Steven Naismith believes Everton’s form this season shows they have no reason to fear Arsenal in their FA Cup quarter final clash at the weekend.

"It is a massive game," said Scotland international Naismith.

"You need to beat the big teams if you want to get to finals and win trophies so we are going to work hard.

"It is probably not ideal for the manager that everyone has been away with internationals but it is the same for everyone.

"We need to come back refreshed and ready and put on a performance like we have done not only at Arsenal before but at a lot of the big teams in away games."

"There is never a good or bad time to face a top team. We admire Arsenal immensely for the team they are," he added.

"They had a disappointing result at the weekend but that does not change anything.

"They can perform without looking at what happened in the previous game.

"They are as good as anyone when they get on the ball and have free movement.

"But if you want to be winning a competition like the FA Cup you have to find a way of being effective against a team like Arsenal.

"We need to replicate the level of performance we had at the Emirates earlier in the season.

"I thought first half we played really well but when you are dominant you need to reflect that in the scoreline and that is where we need to improve."

 
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