Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Saturday sent out “a good message” about their ambitions this season.

The captain led from the front with a masterful midfield display as Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey fired the home side to victory.

The win stretched Arsenal’s lead in the Premier League to five points and, in Arteta’s mind, signaled their intentions this term.

“For us today was a great day,” he said. “We want to stay where we are and we will make it difficult for the rest.

“We played a really good team. They have been on fire in the past couple of weeks. It was a great test to see where we are and we showed that we are at least as good as them.

“We are tested every week. People have been waiting for us to lose. But we showed today the desire that we have to stay we are. I feel this is a very good message. We wanted to get the points at home. But we know there is still a long way to go.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Richard Clarke 2 Nov 2013