David Moyes offers Jack Rodwell encouragement
Everton manager David Moyes has offered some encouraging words to Jack Rodwell ahead of the Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal tonight.
The midfielder hopes to retain his place in the side following the draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Rodwell wants more of the same and admits he is a bit frustrated at his lack of game time.
Moyes has told the player keep his chin up.
He said: "Jack's got real competition with Fellaini, Arteta and sometimes Leon Osman in there. We've got Tim Cahill to come back as well.
"To get in our side is difficult, especially in midfield. Jack has come in and performed well.
"He is progressing really well for a young lad and and has a big future in the game."
Rodwell wants another chance against Arsenal and believes they can take heart from the Chelsea match.
He said: "I am not playing enough matches for my liking but it is a squad game and other players are playing really well. If I am not in the team I am supportive of the lads.
"It was a good performance against Chelsea. I thought we outplayed them and we will take that into Tuesday and hopefully get a win.
"It is away from home so we will have a different gameplan but we will stick to that and hopefully get a good result.
"We want to get as high up the league as possible and stay in the cup. That'd make a good season for us."
Cahill might fancy facing Arsenal but Moyes intends to give his goalscoring midfielder a few days off after he played for Australia in the Asian Cup.
Moyes said: "We are delighted to have Tim back. We have missed him not just because of his goals but what he brings to the team."
Asked if he felt it was a two-horse race beween Manchester United and Arsenal for the title, Moyes said: "I think there will lots of twists and turns. The situation could quite easily change again.
"Chelsea will be close while Manchester City and Tottenham are having a good go and hanging on to their coat tails.
"Arsenal are looking a bit more clinical. They have added one or two players and have Van Persie back from injury."
Moyes will monitor the fitness of defender Tony Hibbert (virus) and striker Victor Anichebe (groin injury) ahead of the match.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: United given new hope in race for Juan Cuadrado as Barcelona talks stall
Manchester United transfer news: United close in on Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen
Manchester City transfer news: Frank Lampard heads to Etihad as pre-New York City FC stopgap
Liverpool transfer news: Brendan Rodgers plans more Anfield signings this summer
Commonwealth Games 2014: Usain Bolt eases Jamaica into men's relay final
- 1 Israel-Gaza conflict: 'When Genocide is Permissible' article removed from The Times of Israel website
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc