Everton’s Mikel Arteta is looking to forget his previous cup heartbreak and help Everton get to Wembley this season.
The Spaniard was forced to miss both of Everton’s last appearances at Wembley through injury, and wants the chance to play there in a big game himself.
He was also ruled out of their Carling Cup semi final in 2008 which could have won the team a place in a Wembley final, and knows that a win against Reading tonight in the 5th round could leave them just two games from the final.
Arteta said, “I didn’t get the chance to play in the (2009) final because I was injured, so hopefully we can beat Reading and get closer to returning there.
“I have had a season where it has been tough for me. I have been trying hard but some of the things haven’t gone the way I wanted.
“I think for creative players it is even harder than for defenders.
“But I kept working and I am finding my form and I am confident now.”
Arteta also urged his team mates to build on their 2-0 with over Sunderland.
“I think it was a good performance against Sunderland,” he added.
“We needed that to build on last Saturday’s game and the confidence we got from that. Hopefully we are back on it now.
“Tuesday is a massive game. Hopefully we can get through and hopefully it is going to be sold out.”