Cape Town - Everton manager Roberto Martinez was left frustrated after a
defeat that means his side have won just once in their last eleven league
Olivier Giroud has made amends for his midweek nightmare against Monaco to set up Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Everton at the Emirates Stadium that moved Arsene Wenger's side back up to third in the Premier League on Sunday.
Nonetheless, Martinez sees grounds for optimism and insists his
side is improving.
He said: "I think the second goal was a reflection of our
season. We have six players in good positions and it ends up in the back of the
"You read the 2-0 scoreline but it doesn't reflect our game
and that's story of our season. We have never had the momentum you need to win
games by doing enough. We have had to be perfect to win games and that is
something we have to change in the next eleven games.
"Maybe a bit harsh but when we came back in pre season we had
incredible high hopes of being able to carry on where we finished last season.
"But we had two games when we dropped four points in the last
minutes and psychologically it felt very, very tough to enjoy our football.
It's been more of a chore having to get those points and I don't see that enjoyment
in the league.
"But I do feel the group is becoming stronger. The dressing
room now is really down, something we shouldn't be sharing after a performance
like that at Arsenal, but young players going through these experiences could
be the final tick for fulfilling our potential and becoming a winning