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Leighton Baines eyeing FA Cup glory

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Everton defender Leighton Baines is confident his side can put an end to their long wait for a trophy as they prepare to face Arsenal in the FA Cup, according to Sky Sports.

The Toffees travel to the Emirates this Saturday in the quarter-final of the competition aiming to secure a Wembley visit and bring silverware back to Goodison Park for the first time since 1995. 

Under Roberto Martinez Everton have enjoyed an impressive season and sit sixth-place in the Premier League, but Baines has admitted the Arsenal match takes priority over league success. 

"We are now outsiders for the top four because Liverpool and Tottenham are ahead of us, but the cup game against Arsenal is massive," Baines was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"You would be a fool to look too far beyond that but there is no denying that we want to win a trophy.

"We want that in the dressing room and, ultimately, that is the aim. We know the task is a big one but you have to set yourselves targets and that is one of them.

"A lot of us have been here a long time and we know what it means to this football club. We have been close a couple of times.

"You can't be a club of this size, be as supported as well as we are and have the hunger among the fans, and the football club, and not win things.

"All the lads know that if we can achieve something like that, if we can bring something like that home, then you go down in history and folklore.

"I think that is the driving force for a lot of us here. We are desperate to do that."

The England international, who is certain to be the Three Lions first choice left-back at the World Cup, has been impressed with Everton's performances against the big teams and is confident they can book their place in the FA Cup semi-final. 

After securing a 1-1 draw at the Emirates back in December, Baines believes the club can give another good account of themselves.

He added: "We played well down there in the league and we can take heart and confidence from a lot of the games we've played against the big teams - Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea.

"We've performed well in all of those games and probably deserved a bit more than what we've got from them. Mentally, that gives us a reference point in terms of we know we can go there and have the freedom to express ourselves.

"We've just got to try and be a bit more ruthless.

"We have been a bit unlucky really in a couple of the games where our performances have warranted getting something and we haven't."

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