Vermaelen happy to score

Image: Thomas Vermaelen: Was happy to get on the scoresheet at Everton

Thomas Vermaelen feels it boosts Arsenal when players other than Robin van Persie score after netting his side's winner at Everton.

Defender feels taking three points is most important thing

Thomas Vermaelen feels it boosts Arsenal when players other than Robin van Persie score after netting his side's winner at Everton. The defender nodded home the talismanic captain's corner kick in the eighth minute at Goodison Park and that strike turned out to be the deciding goal in a 1-0 win. Vermaelen feels it lifts the team when they do not have to rely solely on Van Persie to find the back of the net but insists getting three points is the most important thing. "I think it's good for the team that other players score as well," he told Sky Sports. "It doesn't matter who scores, of course. "I'm happy for myself to have scored the winner twice. But I'm pleased with the mentality that the team has shown in the last few weeks and that's even more important I think. That's why we win these games." Vermaelen was pleased to take three points from a place where Manchester City and Tottenham have both been beaten this season.

Great result

He added: "Man City and Tottenham both lost here so we knew it would be hard to play here and I think it was a great result we won here 1-0." The defender feels Arsenal dominated early on but were put to the sword by the Toffees in the second half. "In the first half, in the beginning, we were better. We had a few chances I think," he said. "But in the second half we had to fight for the three points because Everton were playing the long ball and we had fight in the air all the time and I think we did well as a team and we could keep a clean sheet." The win lifted the Gunners above local rivals Tottenham into third place in the Premier League but Vermaelen insists they will not be distracted by their neighbours' recent struggles. He said: "I think it's important we go for the top four and maybe the top three. We don't look at Tottenham, we only look at ourselves. That's the most important."

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