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'As good as it gets' - Martinez revels in Everton win over Arsenal

Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own-goal from Mikel Arteta saw the Toffees ease past Arsene Wenger's faltering side to boost their top-four hopes

Roberto Martinez felt that his Everton side's 3-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday was "as good as it gets" for a manager.

After Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku had given Everton a first-half lead at Goodison Park, Mikel Arteta put through his own net against his old club as the hosts took control in the battle for the final Champions League spot.

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The result leaves Martinez's side a point behind Arsenal with a game in hand as they look to qualify for the competition for the first time since 2005 - with the manager hailiing the performance as "phenomenal".

"In terms of the satisfaction you can get as a manager, that was as good as it gets. I thought the performance was, from the first minute until the last, very strong in every department," he told reporters.

"The way we wanted to play today we had to be perfect and I think in every area the players were phenomenal."

The victory once again confirmed Everton's top-four credentials, but Martinez refused to be drawn on comparisons with other key games for the club.

"Playing against a top-four team at this stage of the season - we've never had that demand," he added.

"It was a different challenge so I think it would be very unfair to compare this performance to another one because the implications today were quite unique.

"I knew that if we could get the three points it would leave us with 63 points, which is an incredible return at this stage of the season, but we've still got 18 points to fight for.

"If from now on we don't pick up any points we're not going to achieve our aim.

"Yes, it was a great performance and they were three huge points from a psychological point of view but we face Sunderland at the weekend and if we're not perfect in that game we are not going to get three points."

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