Midfielder Leon Osman has warned the big clubs above Everton in the table that they should be anxiously looking over their shoulders.

Everton are firmly entrenched now in sixth place, eight points ahead of seventh-placed West Ham, but with their ambitions set much higher. Their 2-0 home win over West Brom on Saturday stretched an impressive league record to just one defeat in the last 11, while they have lost just three of their last 23 games in all competitions.

Arsenal are only two points ahead of Everton, and Osman believes that the Toffees can catch Arsene Wenger's men. He said: "We are on a really good run, and we have now opened up a pretty decent gap between us and the teams below us."

He added: "Now we are chasing the people above us, we feel we can chase down someone else.

"We always look up rather than over our shoulders and if we can get up another place we will be delighted. We believe we can do just that."

Everton, who travel to Blackburn on Wednesday, have maintained their form despite a constant catalogue of injuries, the latest being the loss of Mikel Arteta out for the season.

Osman says: "It is tough because we have now lost Mikel. But we are not a one-man team.

"Disappointment seems to bring this club together. We have had a succession of serious injury blows, players have had to perform out of position but we seem to overcome all the problems and keep the bandwagon rolling.

"That is the way our squad works. Every disappointment we have suffered so far has brought us together, and that will happen now Mikel is out.

"We are right behind Arsenal now and we feel we can catch them, and even Aston Villa. We have played most of the top clubs away from home now, so we are looking to pick up points from teams below us."

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