Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has revealed manager Roberto Martinez chose his team for victory over Stoke City with an eye on upcoming games.

The Toffees travel to Manchester United on Wednesday before another tough trip to table-toppers Arsenal on Sunday.

Barry said: "The bench was really strong and if things hadn't gone to plan we had a lot of options and that's a positive.

"I am sure the team selection against Stoke was looking at the games ahead (Everton face Manchester United and Arsenal in the next week) so everyone will be needed in this busy period with a lot of games this month.

"Everyone will have to be ready to take their chance when it comes.

"I think it is good that the manager can look to not only change personnel but formation too.

"It is good that you have another option - we went to five (in midfield) to finish the game and we looked comfortable."

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