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Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own-goal from Mikel Arteta means Champions League qualification is now in their own hands

Tim Howard believes Everton's "blockbuster" win over Arsenal can inspire the club to Champions League qualification.

Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own-goal from Mikel Arteta moved the Toffes within one point of Arsene Wenger's faltering fourth-placed side, with a game in hand still to come.

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Howard feels the confident 3-0 victory, Everton's sixth on the trot, will give the squd the belief to finish in the top four for the first time since 2004-05.

"It was one of our signature performances since I've been here at Everton," he told Sky Sports.

"They've [the Everton fans] waited all season for a blockbuster performance like this. They've gotten a few but this was definitely the one.

"We have to believe [Everton can get top four] because we're running out of games so we'd like to think we can."

Meanwhile, Naismith says a top-four finish "would mean everything" to the club, but insisted himself and the rest of the squad must keep their feet on the ground with six games still to play.

He added: "It [top four] would mean everything. But we've believed from the start of the season and it just shows in these performances so we just need to concentrate going into next week and take the points."

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