St James' Park, Newcastle

Next Game

Newcastle v Everton

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 16:15

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 0 - 1 Stoke

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mirallas: Pressure on Arsenal

Everton's Kevin Mirallas believes the pressure is now on Arsenal in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification following their Goodison Park defeat.

Last Updated: 07/04/14 at 14:12 Post Comment

Kevin Mirallas: Believes pressure is on Arsenal in the race for fourth place

Kevin Mirallas: Believes pressure is on Arsenal in the race for fourth place

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Everton beat the Gunners 3-0 on Sunday to move to within a point of fourth place, currently occupied by Arsene Wenger's side, with Roberto Martinez's men also holding a game in hand.

Mirallas believes Arsenal are suffering from the weight of expectation, but claims beating the north London club will give Everton added confidence heading into the Premier League run-in.

"There's so much pressure on Arsenal now because things are in our hands," he told the Liverpool Echo. "They are almost obliged to be in the Champions League, that's what they do.

"They've qualified for years, but we are breathing down their necks and we can go fourth if we win our game in hand.

"It was a fantastic performance. It was a must-win fixture for us and we knew it was vital we scored first.

"We know having won that, with our game in hand we can grab fourth place ourselves."

Revenge

Everton were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in March when the sides met in the FA Cup and Mirallas admits the pain of an Emirates elimination inspired them on Sunday.

"We sat and had a good deep think in the dressing room at the Emirates after the quarter-final," he added.

"Then we said we have to put that behind us and concentrate on the league. We looked at it and said there were 10 games and enough points for us to really fight for fourth.

"We were determined to get some kind of revenge because we conceded four goals down there and it hurt. This was excellent revenge. We're in the right place."

Champions League dream

Belgium forward Mirallas experienced Europe's premier competition during spells at Olympiakos and Lille and holds hope of a return to continental competition.

"It would be great to make the Champions League; for everyone here," he said.

"Each and every one of us. But we need to keep going and hope it can happen.

"I have played in that competition at two of my previous clubs and when I signed for Everton that was my ambition to achieve it again in my career.

"That's what I'm dreaming of now."

Speaking to Sporting Telenet, Mirallas also revealed his desire for striker Romelu Lukaku to stay at Goodison Park, claiming it would be essential for European success.

"I hope that we qualify for Champions League and that Romelu Lukaku will be still playing for us," he said. "We need him and he feels well over here. Why would he go elsewhere?"

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property