Kevin Mirallas has revealed how the pain of last years FA Cup exit is driving Everton towards Wembley
[quote]I’ve never played in a game like that before in my life.[/quote]
Speaking ‘exclusively’ to the Liverpool Echo the Belgian international has expressed his desire to put last seasons embarrassing FA Cup quarter final defeat to Wigan Athletic to rights.
Everton, who had welcomed a Wigan team rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, went in to the game as huge favourites only for Roberto Martinez’s side to destroy the Toffees Wembley dreams in a devastating three minute spell.
“It was a very strange game. For the first few minutes we played very well but they scored three goals in three minutes and after that the game was finished.
“I’ve never played in a game like that before in my life.
“It was my first season at the club and it was really important for me to try and win a trophy.
“Maybe we can change that this season.”
Mirallas is under no illusions of the scale of the task Everton face at the Emirates. However, the man signed from Olympiacos by previous boss David Moyes, is certain Everton will approach the game in a positive frame of mind.
“Maybe it’s better that we’re playing Arsenal. We will be really motivated to play against them.”
The Belgian, who is enjoying his best spell as an Everton player, also points to the Toffees excellent performance at the Emirates earlier in the season, as a dominant Everton were unlucky not to leave North London with all three points.
“The team played very well in the last game at Arsenal. The result was 1-1 but maybe we could have won the game, we played well enough.
“In the end Gerry (Deulofeu) only played 10 minutes but did fantastically well and his goal was amazing.”
With new boss Roberto Martinez on the verge of making FA Cup history by becoming the first manager to win back-to-back FA Cup’s with different clubs, Kevin Mirallas is hoping a little Martinez magic will rub off on the Blues this Saturday:
He said: “Hopefully whatever the manager said to Wigan last year, he can do it again with us at Arsenal – he’s very lucky with this competition.”
Read the full interview with Kevin Mirallas in the Liverpool Echo.