The controversial midfielder is likely to lead the side out against Arsenal at the weekend knowing that some of his team-mates are playing for their respective futures in the game.
He told the club's official website: "This is more than a game of football now. The next eight games govern our futures.
"We're as desperate for the points as they are - for totally different reasons obviously.
"But there are livelihoods on the line here. People's careers are on the line. I'm not sure that's the case at Arsenal to be honest."