Leon Osman: 'Everton are outsiders for fourth place'

Leon Osman of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on December 14, 2013
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Leon Osman claims that Everton will be outsiders for fourth place even if they beat Arsenal on Sunday.

Everton midfielder Leon Osman has claimed that his side will be outsiders to qualify for the Champions League, even if they beat Arsenal.

The two sides meet at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon in a match that will help decide who finishes in the top four.

Osman admits that while the Toffees remain outsiders, they need to beat Arsenal if they have genuine ambitions to finish fourth.

"Even if we win against Arsenal," Osman told The Guardian. "We still have to try and finish above them in the league.

"At the moment they are in a stronger position than we are. Arsenal are four points ahead so we are outsiders.

"If we've got genuine aspirations of overtaking them then we have got to win this game."

Everton have won their last five games in a row and sit one place behind the Gunners with a game in hand.

Manager Roberto Martinez of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 9, 2013
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