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    Barry talks McCarthy and Arsenal

    Gareth Barry has recently conducted an interview with EvertonTV. The Englishman and contender for Everton Player of the Season talked upon several issues that are currently ongoing, such as the upcoming tests of Arsenal and Man City, his future, and his compatriot but also competition for Player of the Season, James McCarthy.

    Asked how McCarthy compares to the players he’s played alongside for Aston Villa and Manchester City, along with 53 England caps, he responded: “For me, from playing alongside him, (in terms of) influencing games, James is up there with the best already.

    “Until you play with someone week in week out it’s hard to judge how good somebody is.

    “I had obviously played against James before and knew he was a really good player, but to train and play alongside him for a whole season you realise that for someone so young he is so mature.”

    “He is still young and has lots to learn, as he will find out along the way – I’m 33 and still learning the game. But in terms of maturing and affecting games, he’s up there with the best.

    “He knows exactly what to do in every situation in a game. For me, the more he plays here and under this manager the better he will become too. It’s good for Everton that he is already at that level.”

    Going on to talk about the visit of Arsenal, Barry stated the importance but also took the same view as manager Roberto Martinez, who believes that this game isn’t the be all and end all of Champions League qualification. “The game was always going to be massive, we knew we had some big games coming up at Goodison to finish the season and the way we’ve been playing has put us is a nice position and to be challenging for something at this stage of the season is always nice. So this game is a big one, with a few of the same coming up.”

    “At this stage of the season, as we’ve seen over the last few weeks, results can change very quickly and you can look at the league table and it can be completely different” he continued.

    “That’s the case with us, two or three weeks ago you wouldn’t be saying we had a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, so we know it can change quickly, but the main thing for us to do is focus on ourselves and focus on the next game.”

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