Everton’s Leighton Baines eyes top-four finish after Arsenal point

Everton defender Leighton Baines says the Toffees are satisfied with a point at Arsenal which keeps their top-four hopes alive

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Everton are currently in sixth place in the Premier League Photo: Back Page Images

Leighton Baines is still confident Everton can qualify for the Champions League after the Toffees secured a point at Arsenal on Tuesday night.

David Moyes’s men produced a dogged defensive display to leave the Gunners frustrated and close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to just two points.

And Baines insisted the Merseyside outfit were satisfied with a hard-fought stalemate at The Emirates ahead of their trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

“We are talking about keeping in touching distance. We will just try to keep ourselves in the mix,” he said.

The England international also praised Everton’s team spirit this season and is happy that the Toffees are now regarded as one of the most difficult teams to play in the top flight.

“We have taken points off a lot of the teams who will finish in the Champions League positions. I don’t think anyone will particularly enjoy playing against us at any level,” he added.

“You look at it and how we have played away from home against a top team like Arsenal, then against the other top sides we have had good results at home.

“We have got a little bit of everything – the work-rate, togetherness and spirit is inspirational at times.

“Playing with this group of players I sometimes find I look around and I can’t believe what some of them are doing.

“The effort they are putting in… people go above and beyond. They are playing with injuries and it really is inspirational at times just to see that – mix it in with our quality and we can’t be a good team to face for any side.”

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