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Martinez: Toffees don't need any favours

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident they can achieve their dream of European qualification without any help from their rivals.

The Spaniard insists he will watch today's clash between Arsenal and Manchester City only as an interested observer despite the significance a win for Manuel Pellegrini's side would be for the Toffees.

If the fourth-placed Gunners lose then Everton could move to within three points if they beat bottom side Fulham tomorrow and, with a match in hand and Arsenal to visit Goodison Park, Champions League qualification becomes a real possibility.

"You'll get dizzy if you start looking at what the others can do," said the Everton boss.

"It is easier than that. You look at the points you can get and, if it is big enough, you can look at trying to achieve top four and finishing the season with European qualification.

"There are many twists and turns, the league this season has shown anyone can beat anyone or drop points where they are not expected to.

"I will watch it (the Arsenal game) because I am always curious and I am a football fan in that respect, but I will watch it with an open mind.

"It is not that I am not wishing one result or another, I am quite open-minded in that respect.


"It doesn't matter what the others will do in terms of having a successful season, it will be down to how many points we can get. I have learned in the past when you are trying to pre-plan it never works out that way.

"All that matters is we try to be as good as we can be and try to get as many points as we can. I guarantee, if we reach a certain level, we will achieve our aim, it doesn't matter what others do.

"It would be a dream to be involved in Europe next season."

Four successive league victories have put Everton within touching distance of the top four again after falling off the pace in February.

Martinez believes the momentum they have generated has given the squad the lift it needed heading into the final six weeks of the season.

"It is not easy to get four straight wins," he added.