Thomas Vermaelen was delighted to be Arsenal's match winner for the second time in succession, but praised the collective efforts of the Gunners in the victory against Everton.

The Belgian centre-back nodded the only goal of the game on Wednesday night as he climbed highest in the opposition area to steer a corner from Robin van Persie into Tim Howard's net.

It came little over a week after he scored a dramatic stoppage time winner against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium, and also propelled Arsenal into third position in the Premier League.

The Gunners have relied heavily on the goals of Robin van Persie this season, so it comes as a relief somewhat that another player has been able to win them games of late.

"I think it's good for the team that other players score as well," Vermaelen 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."

Arsenal will have the opportunity to further extend their advantage above fourth placed Tottenham when they meet Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Victory for Arsene Wenger's side will be their seventh consecutive win in the league and firmly cement a spot in the Champions League places.

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