Mikel Arteta has hailed Everton's defensive players for their part in last season's UEFA Cup qualifying campaign.

Whilst maintaining the best defensive record outside the top four, Everton's key defenders have also managed to make their mark in front of goal.

Alan Stubbs, Joleon Lescott and Joseph Yobo scored on two occasions each.

"Joseph has a talent to score even more goals," Arteta told evertonTV. "I think he was a little bit unlucky with some headers as well this season.

"Joleon and Stubbsy are capable as well and we need people scoring goals.

"The defenders have the ability to head the ball and I think we have been doing that much better as well."