“It is a relief to have a break until the next game and it was important for us to get that because we have played quite a lot recently in a short space of time,” he told Arsenal Player.
“We should have players coming back from injury now so we should be getting some fresh legs looking to go for the rest of the season strongly.
“Football changes so much. We’ve seen over the last few seasons that anything can happen now and it is important for us to cement our place [in the top four] and keep winning.
“I saw Everton against Tottenham and they would have obviously been on a high after that. They are a good side and what the manager [David Moyes] has done with that squad is quite amazing.
“We know it will be a difficult game but we have the momentum and at the moment we are on a good run so we want to continue that.”
“There are a lot of players putting a lot of effort in, especially off the ball, and that is great to see. When we put pressure on teams high up the pitch and early on in the game, it is difficult for them to play and we can control the game a lot easier.
“We are enjoying doing that at the minute and we have to enjoy defending as well. It’s alright just having the ball, we know what we can do to create chances and score goals. That [the defensive side] is the big improvement we have made over the last few weeks.”
“In previous seasons you wouldn’t have thought we would have the strength to come back but now we don’t really think about the score, we just keep playing.
“It helps when you have the best striker in the world at the moment [Robin van Persie] in your team. The team is showing great character at the minute and we need to keep that going.”