Barkley tipped for the top by Martinez

The Northern Echo: HARD LUCK: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud shows his dejection after his shot thudded against the woodwork late on yesterday HARD LUCK: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud shows his dejection after his shot thudded against the woodwork late on yesterday

EVERTON manager Roberto Martinez called for England to be patient to allow midfielder Ross Barkley to develop into a unique talent for club and country after helping his side earn a 1-1 draw at Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Toffees, who had won at Manchester United in midweek, dominated for large spells at the Emirates Stadium, but fell behind to a Mesut Ozil goal on 80 minutes.

However, Martinez’s welldrilled side produced an instant response as substitute Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, equalised.

Arsenal almost snatched a dramatic victory in stoppagetime when Olivier Giroud’s 25- yard effort struck the woodwork, but Everton deserved to take something.

Barkley was at the heart of Everton’s forward momentum, and was involved in lifting his side for their deserved equaliser.

The 20-year-old has already been drafted into Roy Hodgson’s plans for the World Cup, earning three full international caps.

Martinez, though, warned against expecting too much too soon from the Liverpoolborn Everton academy graduate, whose talent has been compared to that of Paul Gascoigne.

He said: ‘‘I have never seen an English player with that sort of mentality. Ross has incredible potential, we need to give him time and accept he is not ready yet. But he has absolutely everything to mark a real era in English football.

‘‘Roy Hodgson needs to decide what role he wants for Ross. We have to make sure we give him at least another 50 starts to see his evolution.

‘‘Any player with talent needs to develop an understanding to know how to be effective.

As a country we need to be a little bit more protective about our youngsters. If we look after him properly he can give us something unique in English football.

‘‘He is developing an incredible awareness around him and technically he is someone who you could compare against any other nations, the young Brazilians, Dutch or Spanish players.

‘‘As long as we give him time and that he can have development in front of him, he will be fine.’’ Everton had come into the match looking to extend a seven-match unbeaten Premier League run.

‘‘I was extremely pleased with the performance, in the first half we were magnificent and controlled the game, but if you play that well, you need to reflect it in the scoreline and that is our next step,’’ Martinez said.


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