Everton manager David Moyes insists his side will have to be at the top of the game to get anything from their clash with Arsenal on Sunday.
The Merseysiders face a tough test against Arsene Wenger's side at Goodison Park but Moyes will still concentrate on developing his own team's style rather than worrying about the opposition.
"I don't think Arsenal will be coming to Goodison trying to stifle Everton. I think they will come and do what we would do, they will play their game," said Moyes.
"But when you play Arsenal or any other team near the top you have to play well to get a result."
The Gunners ran out 6-1 winners at Goodison in the first game of last season but Moyes considers that a blip, overshadowed as it was by the Joleon Lescott transfer saga.
"The first game last season there were other reasons for. The games since then, we played really well at the Emirates against them and the season before at Goodison we played well," added Moyes.