Mikel's Euro goal
After holding fourth position for a period last season, Everton found themselves fighting for fifth come the end of the season.
It took some sterling performances from David Moyes' side in order to make a European finish a certainty as the Blues were being pressed hard by the chasing pack.
This season, a top five finish would be some achievement, baring in mind Everton's poor start and the competitive nature of this season's Premier League.
Yet Arteta firmly believes a run of positive results over the Christmas period, which over the years has proven a real testing time for Everton, could work wonders for the Club's aspirations of European football next term.
"As it is, we remain close to the top six so hopefully we can keep going and have a good result against Chelsea, said Arteta.
Hopefully the Blues can make it to January with the current group of players still injury-free. Just one or two injuries over the hectic festive period could really hinder such ambitions of climbing the table.