Roberto Martínez: Arsenal deserve a lot of respect

Roberto Martínez believes Arsenal have already established themselves as the best team in the Premier League this season

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martínez took over from David Moyes at Everton Photo: Back Page Images

Roberto Martínez believes Arsenal have already established themselves as the best team in the Premier League this season.

The Gunners welcome Everton to Emirates Stadium on Sunday four points clear at the top of the Premier League table after winning 11 of their opening 14 games.

And the Toffees boss has warned his side that they will have to be at their very best to have a chance of claiming a positive result in north London.

“Arsenal deserve a lot of respect because if you win 11 of your first 14 games you are the outstanding team in the competition,” said Martínez, whose side head to the capital on the back of a famous win at Manchester United in midweek.

“We are looking at ourselves to try to use this as a terrific test to see how quickly we can improve and challenge these sides.

“Emirates Stadium is one of the hardest places to go and be yourself.

“Arsenal as an attacking team are as good as it gets and their movement and forward play requires maximum concentration in everything you do.

“From our point of view we are ready for that test. We are excited about challenging the best team in the league so far.”

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