Allow Barkley to blossom

Published: 09/12/2013

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

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

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

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