Everton boss Roberto Martinez says his players must try and enjoy their Premier League football in the same way they have done in Europe if they want to finish the season on a high.
Everton have managed to win a paltry six games from 26 in the league this season so far. That is in stark contrast to their Europa League campaign, where they topped their group and this week completed a 7-2 aggregate demolition of Young Boys to advance into the last-16.
Martinez says there has so far been a different mentality from his players in Europe.
“We have gone into league matches feeling too much responsibility, like we have something to lose rather than something to gain,” he said.
“I think in the Europa League it has been completely different – from a mental point of view, it has just been an opportunity to beat the opposition and show what we can do.”
Martinez challenged his players to show that same attitude during what remains of the Premier League campaign and climb out of the bottom half of the table.
“That is exactly the manner we should be approaching the games with in the league,” the Spaniard said.
Everton travel to the Emirates on Sunday hoping to add to Arsenal’s misery after the Gunners slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Martinez says he expects the home side to be fully focused despite that loss and also highlighted the fact Arsenal benefited from an extra 24 hours recovery time. Everton are 6.13 to win at Arsenal (1.55) with the draw 3.82.