By Declan Taylor

Tim Cahill’s happy knack of scoring goals has allowed Everton to flourish in the absence of any senior strikers, according to Arsène Wenger.

The 29-year-old has been employed as a lone frontman because of serious injuries to Yakubu, Louis Saha and James Vaughan. But an eight-match unbeaten run suggests that Everton have adapted perfectly to their personnel losses.

Arsenal themselves are without a Premier League defeat since November leading Wenger to describe Wednesday’s clash at Goodison Park as ‘very decisive’.

Ahead of the trip to Merseyside, the Frenchman praised the all-action Australian highlighting his aerial ability as a particular asset.

“He's a striker now and they are doing well,” said the Frenchman. “I think they are on a similar run to ours and that's why it will be a very decisive game tomorrow.

“He's the kind of guy who likes to come from deep and he is good in the air and can always come up with a goal.”

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27 Jan 2009