Arsenal have won three on the bounce since being humbled by Olympiakos at home in the Champions League, including a vital win over Bayern Munich that ended the Germans' 12-match winning streak which, when combined with Everton's record on the Gunners' turf, makes the game a daunting prospect.
Galloway, who has been in excellent form deputising for the injured Leighton Baines this season, isn't fazed, though, and he says that the squad have prepared well this week in the expectation of giving Arsene Wenger's men a tough outing.
ďWe trained hard this week and focused because itís a tough game,Ē Galloway said in the Liverpool Echo. ďWe wanted to work hard.
"When we turn up on our day we can beat any team it is just a matter of turning up. We have worked hard trying to find Arsenalís weakness, they are a good team, but we can beat them.Ē
Roberto Martinez spoke about his young defender in his pre-match press conference yesterday and was asked specifically if he felt that the 19-year-old should be given a breather when Leighton Baines or Bryan Oviedo are 100% fit after being thrust into regular first-team duty so soon.
The manager rejected assertion, however: "Brendan keeps surprising everyone. I think his maturity is very impressive. I havenít see him needing time to rest or time to take him out of the team.
"You need to measure that from week to week and allow football to make the decision. I donít think thereís a general rule that says because someone is 19 and he hasnít played before thatís the amount of games you need to give him. It doesnít work like that.
"Weíve been very pleased with the manner in which he has adapted to the different demands," Martinez continued, "the way that he is growing game by game. Clearly we have someone very special for the future.
"Bryan Oviedo should be fully fit as well and Leighton should be back very soon and that gives us fantastic options which is what you want. I donít think itís a case of [resting] people for the sake of it.
"Itís important that weíve got competition for places in every position and clearly Brendan this season has earned the right to be in the first-team squad and challenging for his position."
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1 Posted 23/10/2015 at 17:18:31
I'd like to think they focus and train hard for the game every week!!!
2 Posted 23/10/2015 at 17:31:11
He's spot on when he says we need to "turn up". We have the look of a top side when we do. Will be interesting to see if Funes Mori stays on the bench following last weekend — I suspect he will.
3 Posted 23/10/2015 at 18:16:45
4 Posted 23/10/2015 at 18:50:16
They should all be thinking like this.
5 Posted 23/10/2015 at 19:00:10
6 Posted 23/10/2015 at 19:51:54
7 Posted 23/10/2015 at 20:51:18
And why should I have any confidence to believe anything these players say?
That said, Galloway has been brilliant in Baines's absence and I'd hate to see him dropped just because Baines is the senior player but I fear that's what will happen.
No, I'm sorry but I can't see anything but a comfortable home win.I hope I'm wrong but...
8 Posted 23/10/2015 at 21:10:16
9 Posted 23/10/2015 at 21:19:35
10 Posted 23/10/2015 at 21:30:36
That said, Galloway has been brilliant in Baines's absence and I'd hate to see him dropped just because Baines is the senior player but I fear that's what will happen. No, I'm sorry but I can't see anything but a comfortable home win. I hope I'm wrong but...
11 Posted 23/10/2015 at 21:48:40
You wish to see some change in that record? Listen to Brendan Galloway. He has a point, and a point to make in the game. COYB.
12 Posted 23/10/2015 at 22:20:40
13 Posted 23/10/2015 at 22:33:58
Far too many of the current squad are beaten by a top team before they even go on the pitch, which explains our woeful derby record against very poor Liverpool sides.
Oviedo, Galloway, Funes Mori, Gibson, Besic, Mirallas. Lukaku – all back themselves to perform in big games. Most of the rest just retreat into their shells at the slightest sign of pressure. Just not enough winners in the team.
14 Posted 23/10/2015 at 22:37:12
Baines is almost exclusively left-footed too but I agree that defenders need to be more balanced if possible and I'd like to see Brendan get more comfortable on his right side.
15 Posted 24/10/2015 at 01:05:29
Also, in a fantastic six-man move which led to a Lennon goal last season, Baines received the ball off McCarthy before cutting inside and hitting a 20-yard reverse right-footed pass to Kone who was positioned further up the wing. Class stuff indeed. My eyes popped.
At the moment, young Brendan has great trouble turning anti-clockwise with the ball at his feet and it has caused panic on more than one occasion. Practice and experience will gradually sort this out so I'm not really too bothered about it. The lad should have a good future.
17 Posted 24/10/2015 at 02:56:30
18 Posted 24/10/2015 at 08:41:37
19 Posted 24/10/2015 at 10:59:56
21 Posted 25/10/2015 at 12:36:51
Also Deulofeu is another one who puts the seniors to shame with his attitude. That risible prick Monreal cried to the ref when Geri handled the ball before it went out of play (and then gave it to Monreal for a throw-in). What utter gamesmanship and disregard for a fellow pro. Needless to say, Geri told him exactly what he thought of him then and later.
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