Everton 27-year-old reveals Arsenal legends inspire him ahead of crunch final-day Emirates clash
By Matt Bullin
Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed he used to enjoy watching Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit at Arsenal.
Petit and Vieira were both part of the Gunners’ Invincibles and Schneiderlin has said he tries to emulate them ahead of his side’s clash at the Emirates on Sunday.
The 27-year-old has failed to make much of an impact at Goodison Park since his January move from Man United as injuries have taken their toll.
However the former Southampton man has made 13 appearances in all competitions and has scored one goal for the Toffees.
He featured for the full 90 minutes in Everton’s 1-0 win over Watford last Friday night and he looks set to start against Arsenal on Sunday on the final day of the season.
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Speaking to evertonfc.com ahead of the clash, he said of Petit and Vieira: “I always looked at the best players to try to improve my own game and, of course, Arsenal were always a team who played attractive football.
“It was nice to watch them and they had players like Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, so you look at them and see where you can improve. They were amazing players and had great seasons together.”
Everton will finish in seventh no matter what the result at the Emirates, but Arsenal still have a shot of finishing fourth, and they will do so if they can get a win and Liverpool do not.
Schneiderlin, a 15-time France international, also issued a rallying call to his side to win versus Arsenal and carry the momentum into next season.
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