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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Moyes calm ahead of Gunners clash

Everton manager David Moyes insists he has precious little to worry about ahead of Wednesday night's Premier League encounter against Arsenal.

Goodison Park will host a match that could help to define both club's seasons, with the sixth-placed Toffees facing a Gunners outfit who lie just one place above them.

But with Everton unbeaten in any competition since the 3-2 loss at home to Aston Villa on December 7, Moyes believes the confidence in his squad will help against Arsene Wenger's side.

And as Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini prepares to return to the Everton line-up after serving a two-match ban for receiving 10 yellow cards, Moyes believes he can afford to be in a buoyant mood.

He said:"I think the way we are playing is very good. The players are doing very well, if you look at the run we have been on and how well we have been doing that is great.

"I think we are a better team than we were this time last year and I think we have a lot of things going for us just now."

Moyes has had little choice but to play a patched up forward line since losing the likes of Louis Saha, James Vaughan and Ayegbeni Yakubu to injury in a nightmare end to 2008.

Midfielder Tim Cahill has been deputising up front alongside Victor Anichebe but Moyes thinks the lack of strikers has actually helped his side.

He added: "We are getting better and stronger, the boys at the back are looking stronger.

"Playing without any recognised forwards has given the group great confidence in what they can actually do."

The current form of versatile defender Phil Jagielka has been key to Everton's run and Moyes was keen to praise his player.

But the Scot would not be drawn on speculation about a potential England call-up for the former Sheffield United player.

"It is up to the England manager but he is certainly worth his place in the Everton team at this moment in time," he said.

"He has done very well, he has been our most consistent player and his form has been very good. We are really pleased with him."




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