Flamini - Intensity must be high for cup

Mathieu Flamini says Arsenal must raise their intensity levels when they host Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez's side received widespread praise for their performance in the 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium back in December and remain in the hunt for a place in Europe next season.

Flamini feels the midfield battle will be pivotal on Saturday and is expecting a typical English cup tie.

"The FA Cup is another title, it's another objective"

Mathieu Flamini

"Everton played an amazing game against us at the Emirates," he told Arsenal Player. "We have to play them again in the FA Cup and we know it won't be an easy.

"We're talking about Everton but we could easily to talk about every team in England. That's part of the English game. When you want to win a game you have to first of all win the challenge and win the battle in the midfield.

"But if you don't manage to put your team on the same level or an even higher level in terms of intensity, in terms of [the] physical aspect than the other team, you have no chance to play your game."

The Gunners face crucial games in the Champions League and Premier League against Bayern Munich and Tottenham after Saturday's clash and Flamini is adamant the team still have a chance of competing on three fronts.

"The FA Cup is another title, it's another objective," he said. "You know Arsenal has been looking for a title for so long.

"We're fighting for every single one. I'm talking of course about the Premier League, I'm talking about the Champions League. Even though we know it's not going to be easy but we'll go over there [to Germany], we'll have nothing to lose and we'll give everything.

"The FA Cup is also one of the objectives so we have to play this game at 100 per cent and with the quality in this team I'm sure we'll have enough players to play for all the competitions."

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