Mirallas gears up for Arsenal clash

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Quarter final is the 'most important game of the season'
Kevin Mirallas says that Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final tie against Arsenal is crucial as Everton look to end a 19-year wait without major silverware.

The Belgian was hopeful of winning a trophy last year in his first season with the Blues but that dream ended in the disastrous game against Wigan Athletic at the same stage of the competition.

He admits that his teammates have been impressing on him the prestige of the trophy and the Blues are determined to make amends for last season's disappointment with a stellar display at The Emirates.

"The FA Cup game at Arsenal is the most important game of Everton's season," Mirallas says. "The FA Cup is a great trophy for the team and for the club. It's crucial for us."

It's been 19 long years since Everton last won the Cup and Mirallas says he can feel can sense the desire at the club to win it for a sixth time, particularly among the local players.

"I can feel the passion within Everton in trying to win the FA Cup," the forward continues. "I've spoken to the English players and they've told me how important it is.

"The likes of Leighton Baines and Tony Hibbert, players who are from Liverpool and who are supporters of this club, have made sure of that."

Pleasingly, the 26 year-old appears to be undaunted by the size of the task this coming weekend, taking the view that going to London as the underdogs might work in Everton's favour.

"Last season when we were drawn at home to Wigan at this stage of the season, people were saying it was going to be easy because they were near the bottom of the Premier League, so maybe it's better than we're playing Arsenal. We will be really motivated to play against them.

"Wigan came here and played very well. For me it was the biggest low point since I came to Everton."

Quotes sourced from Sky Sports

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