Wednesday, 28th November, 2012
Everton manager David Moyes has every respect for Arsenal, but feels the proof of just whether the Gunners are as strong as in previous years will only come at the end of the season.
Moyes’ men host Arsene Wenger’s side at Goodison Park this evening and are desperate to pick up points, with the Toffees’ manager feeling they should have more points on the board.
Everton were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Norwich at the weekend and Moyes wants his team, who are fifth, to start picking up points at a quicker rate.
"We should have taken some more points", Moyes told Everton TV.
"We didn’t, but I can’t fault the players for the way they have been playing in the main.
"We’ve been doing a lot of good things. The only thing we need to add is some more points to go along with it."
The Everton boss was then questioned on what he thinks of the current Arsenal crop compared to previous seasons, especially with the Gunners having again lost key players over the summer.
"Arsenal are always a good team and they’ve been very good over the years, which is why they consistently finish in a Champions League spot", commented Moyes.
"It’s a tough game, but we’ve been playing quite well.
"I think the proof of [whether Arsenal are as good as in previous years] will come at the end of the season. You don’t judge at the start."
Moyes, who saw his side narrowly lose 1-0 at home against Arsenal in the Premier League last season, then stressed that the Gunners can expect a battle this evening.
"Nobody gets it easy at Goodison", he said, "that’s for sure."
Everton currently sit one point and one place above Arsenal in the league standings and will be hoping to have maintained their advantage, or even extended it, by the end of the evening.
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