It’s make or break! Everton’s David Moyes eyes positive result at Arsenal

Everton manager David Moyes says the Toffees need a result at Arsenal if they are to have a realistic chance of a top-four finish

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David Moyes led Everton to a fourth-place finish in 2005 Photo: Back Page Images

David Moyes admits Everton must get a result against Arsenal on Tuesday night if the Toffees want to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

Everton were emphatic 2-0 winners against struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, leaving David Moyes’ men three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Toffees, who are on a five-game unbeaten run, could close the gap on the Gunners to just a point if the Merseyside outfit secure their first win at Arsenal since 1996.

“It’s a vital game,” said Moyes. “The games are running out and we’re getting closer to the end of the season.

“If we’ve got any small chance of getting in the Champions League we need to get something out of this game and try and peg Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea back.

“For the last month or so we’ve been the big underdogs to be anywhere close to the Champions League but with the way we’ve been playing and the results we’ve been getting it keeps us hoping that there is a real chance.”

Although Moyes would clearly prefer a top-four finish, the Toffees manager admitted he would be content with the prospect of Europa League football next season.

“From our point of view, no matter what happens we are still in the fight for a European spot and for Everton to be saying that at this time of year is a positive thing and we should be pleased with that,” he added.

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