Friday, 4 April 2014

Ox: We won't let FA Cup rout over Everton cloud our judgement

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he and his team mates are under no illusion they are set for a tough match this weekend when they face Everton at Goodison Park.

The Gunners go into the game on the back of two draws and a defeat in the Premier League and need to get back to winning ways to secure a top four position this season.

The side has been boosted by the return of Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal to full training this week and both players hope to play a part in Sunday's game.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain will himself be hoping for a recall to the side after being dropped to the bench for last weekend's game with Manchester City.

The attacker told Arsenal Player:
"We have played them [Everton] twice this year, so we know what to expect, and it is going to be a hard game for us. 
"Goodison Park is always a really hard place to to go to, but in the recent years since I've been at the club we've always done alright there so hopefully we can do the same again this time."
In December the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates, with record signing Mesut Ozil on the scoresheet for the Gunners. However the FA Cup quarter-final clash last month was a much different affair with Arsenal winning 4-1.

Oxlade-Chamberlain added:
"I think 4-1 maybe didn't do Everton too much justice, they had a lot of chances themselves and played well for the majority of the game - as we did. 
"It was a really good game, it just happened that towards the end of the match they were pushing to equalise and we managed to get two really good goals on the counter. 
"To take a win like that into the next time you face them is always a positive. But we can’t let that cloud our judgement on what to expect because it is going to be a really hard game for us."
Sunday's game kicks off at 1.30pm. 

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