Everton’s Tim Cahill has spoken of his desire to give Arsenal a game when they visit Goodison Park tomorrow, Everton’s stupendous run of form which began after their controversial loss to Liverpool and ended with defeat at Old Trafford, but they appear to be back on form after a win against Bolton. Cahill is acutely aware, however, that to make real progress, Everton have to start winning against the big four sides.
“These are the games that the boys look forward to, we were buzzing at Manchester United, playing in front of that big crowd and we will be buzzing again when we play one of the elite teams in the world on Saturday.
“We have got to be going on to the pitch and pitting our wits against the best players in the world and see where we are at. At the moment, I really believe we have got a great chance of achieving something great against Arsenal.
“It’s all about how we apply ourselves. We probably won’t see a lot of the ball, like it was against Chelsea. But if we get a chance, we have got to try and take it and they will be coming here knowing they are going to face a massive game.”
But Cahill warned against complacency, saying:
“We are flying and we are just happy to be where we are,” said the Australian, whose goal tally for the season now stands at eight. “I think consistency is the key to the position we have now. There are a lot of players in good form.
“As I’ve said, we are taking things a game at a time but for the football club, everything is going really well. This is the time of year when you can make or break your season. This is where you see how things will pan out.
“We need to try and get maximum points if we possibly can and push ourselves up the table. The main key is to not look too far ahead. Arsenal is the next game and we’ll think about that for now before we think about anything else.
“If we keep going as we have been and keep focusing on the main objective, then we can’t go wrong. The only time it might start to catch up with us if we started to let our heads get in the clouds.”
So can Everton beat Arsenal at Goodison, and climb closer to the summit of the Premier League tomorrow?