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Will Arsenal pip Everton to fourth place?

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Roberto Martinez's Everton are in control of their own destiny as they aim to beat Arsenal to fourth place and the final Champions League qualification spot. Arsene Wenger, however, has experience of these close run-ins, with Tottenham running them close just last season. 

Arsenal fall two points behind Everton following their crushing 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park last weekend. With Arsenal's focus also on the FA Cup, will they take their eye off the ball?

Martinez reportedly claimed that he would get Everton into the top four before being given the job by chairman Bill Kenwright. Even the most die hard toffees would have imagined this season, but they are dreaming of Europe's elite now. If Tottenham's debut season in the competition is anything to go by, they can afford to be positive.

However, Arsenal have done this time and time again. Last season's edgy 1-0 win at Newcastle on the last day of the season again put the Londoners in the competition, and although this season's deadline is approaching and the situation looks slightly more perilous, what is to say they can't do it again?

Arsenal's run-in is the easier of the two for certain, as Everton face title chasing Manchester City at Goodison and their worst fears could be realised as they may well hand Merseyside rivals Liverpool the Premier League title.

Arsenal face West Ham this evening as Everton face a stubborn Crystal Palace outfit tomorrow. These games may prove nervy for Everton, as the pressure is on them for the first time having overtaken their rivals in fourth. Arsenal have experience in this time of the season despite Martinez claiming it's just like relegation.

If Arsenal fail to qualify, even with the FA Cup, it would be devastating. For Everton though, it would still be regarded as a great season, despite losing key players at the end of their loan deals this summer. 


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