Arteta reacts to Arsenal fans’ anti-Kroenke banner

Mikel Arteta urged Arsenal fans to ‘believe’ him about the support of Stan Kroenke after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

A plane flew a banner across Villa Park reading ‘Back Mikel Kroenke Out’ as fans showed their opposition to owner Kroenke; Arsenal will now finish outside the top six for the first time since 1995.

Trezeguet, who scored a brace in the win over Crystal Palace, settled the game when he fired in low after Conor Hourihane’s corner whistled through the box with Villa now out of the drop zone on goal difference.

Keinan Davis missed a fine late chance and John McGinn’s drive was saved by Emi Martinez.

Eddie Nketiah hit the post but the Gunners will need to win the FA Cup against Chelsea next month to return to Europe.

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“The Kroenkes and the board and the sporting director, I have their full backing. I have that 100 per cent – the fans have to believe what I’m saying,” said Arteta when asked about the banner.

“We are putting a strong plan together to do as much as we can in a short period and the league table doesn’t lie. When you have the margin of points with the top teams it’s for a reason.”

“We need to improve in many areas, the team and individually. The top teams in certain areas are better than us.

“It has to hurt and we have to suffer, it’s not good enough for this club. We know the challenge, it’s really big and we’re excited of what we have ahead of us.

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“There are going to be some up and downs but sometimes it’s good to see the reality and move on and improve.”

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