Everton under no pressure in top-four race, Roberto Martinez tells Arsenal

Everton manager Roberto Martinez talks about challenging for a Champions League spot this season

Roberto Martinez insists Everton aren’t under any pressure in the race to secure a fourth-place finish.

Arsenal, who have qualified for the Champions League in 16 successive seasons, hoisted themselves above Everton and into fourth place after a 3-1 victory over West Ham United at The Emirates on Tuesday.

We are in a position where we have everything to gain

Roberto Martinez

Everton can reclaim the final Champions League spot if they beat Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday night ahead of the visit of Manchester United this weekend.

But Martinez, who replaced David Moyes at the Toffees last summer, believes Everton have nothing to lose after already exceeding expectations this season.

“There is no pressure on us,” Martinez said.

“We have nothing to lose. I think the pressure comes when you have something to lose. We are in a position where we have everything to gain.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted that the Gunners would finish in the top four if they win their final four Premier League games.

“It doesn’t depend solely on us but it’s a good chance that if we win all our games it’s possible,” Wenger said.

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