By Nik Brumsack
Carl Jenkinson believes Arsenal have sent a message to the rest of the Premier League following Sunday's 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
A goal in each half by summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla secured Arsenal's first league win of the season and Jenkinson says the squad is keen to push on.
"After the two results we had, they weren't ideal and like I said before the game, if we win at Anfield, it would be a big statement of intent," he told Arsenal.com.
"We've gone and done that and shown we mean business. It's a good result and we're really pleased with it. We'll move onto the next game, it's only three points and we want to push on from here."
Victory over Liverpool came after successive goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke. But Jenkinson insists that the squad didn't lose belief in their ability to win games.
"Maybe people were questioning us after the first two games, but we knew in ourselves that the goals would come and we've come to Anfield, which is no easy place to pick up three points, and we've won 2-0," he said.
That clean sheet was Arsenal’s third in a row and Jenkinson says the squad has benefited from their defensive drills in pre-season.
"Steve [Bould] has come in and he's been there and done it. He's always there giving us advice and tips, and we've had a long pre-season to work together and get our shape right," he said.
"A lot of credit goes to the midfield too. If you look at our midfield today, the midfield three, and the wingers, they were outstanding in their defensive duties. It wasn't just a back five, the whole team defended brilliantly and I think that's what's making the difference at the moment.
"Mikel Arteta had everything in his game [on Sunday]. He kept the ball for us, he was making breaks forward. Defensively he was fantastic. I remember him putting in two or three excellent tackles and it makes a big difference.
"You need that shield in front of the back four and I think we're doing that fantastically at the moment and it's showing in our results."
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