Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is pleased with his team’s current position as they prepare to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Friday (Arsenal evens, Draw 5/2, Everton 11/4 – match odds).
The Toffees are eighth in the table after drawing their last three league matches, and they are three points above Friday’s opponents.
Both teams harbour hopes of qualifying for European football, but time is running out, with the likes of Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool all in better positions.
Everton have a game in hand over fourth-placed Chelsea, and they are only six points behind Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Despite seeing his side go five games without a win, Ancelotti believes his team are still in a great position (Everton 33/1 to finish in the top four).
He told reporters: “A lot of times we could do better but, honestly, at the beginning (of the season) if they say to me ‘You will be there to fight with seven games to go’ I would sign the document without a problem.
“We have to keep fighting for these seven games because it will be really important for the future of this club, and it could be a fantastic step forward in only one year.
“It is a really competitive final period of the season, and I think we are ready. It is true we didn’t have a good moment in the last month, now we have a lot of players available.”
Everton will be boosted by the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has overcome an abductor injury. Yerry Mina, Bernard, Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph are also all available again, but Arsenal will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette because of illness and injury, respectively.