Wenger impressed by Barkley

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will be up against one of the players of the season at Everton on Sunday.

Last Updated: 06/04/14 at 12:37 Post Comment

Ross Barkley: Has made 'a big step forward', according to Arsene Wenger

Ross Barkley: Has made 'a big step forward', according to Arsene Wenger

More of the games that matter

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

Wenger's side have fallen eight points off the title pace in recent weeks and go to Goodison Park attempting to fend off Everton's late challenge for fourth.

A home win would take Arsenal's Champions League hopes out of their hands, and Everton should have Ross Barkley available despite a slight injury.

That could be bad news for Wenger if England's World Cup hopeful lives up to the Arsenal manager's pre-match billing.

"He has a made a big step forward," Wenger said. "From a young hope, he has suddenly convinced everybody he has a huge potential and talent and can have huge impact in big games.

"He has a combination of technical qualities and power, which are very difficult to combine in midfield, and what is demanded from a modern midfielder.

"For me, he has had a big impact this season. He is one of the best I have seen."

Arsenal's most recent meeting with Everton ended in a 4-1 Arsenal win in last month's FA Cup quarter-final, and Wenger will take his side to Wembley next week for a semi-final against Wigan.

But he is not about to prioritise one competition over another on the run-in.

"You cannot ask me if I want to give up the FA Cup, to be in the top four," he said. "There's no need to choose.

"We have the opportunity to do both, and we have to take that as a challenge."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Danny Welbeck out of England game v Italy, Ryan Bertrand called up

Roy Hodgson has confirmed Danny Welbeck will miss England's friendly in Italy, while Ryan Bertrand has been called up.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company