Vermaelen: Six-goal show significant message

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen says the Gunners' second six-goal haul already this season should have sent a message to rest of the Premier League that they are genuine title contenders.

Having battered Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park on the opening day of the season, Arsene Wenger's side twice came from behind against Blackburn last weekend to obliterate them 6-2 with a scintillating display of passing and finishing.

And Vermaelen, who has so far proved one of the signings of the summer with five goals in his first 11 appearances, believes the emphatic margins of victory will have sent shockwaves throughout the division.

However, he admitted that the North Londoners will have to shore up what has so far been a leaky defence if they are to lift their first Premier League crown since 2004.

"To win a match 6-2 is a big message. Now we just have to continue," he said in the Daily Mail.

"In the end it was a great result, but if you analyse the match, in the first half we were not so good. "The first half was a little bit disappointing for us as a defence because we gave away too many chances and they scored two goals.

"That is something which we must improve and there are things we can work on."