Mikel Arteta: “The Kroenkes and the board and the sporting director, I have their full backing.”


Mikel Arteta has insisted he has theb full backing of the Arsenal top hierarchy following criticism of American owner Stan Kreonke in the 1-0 defeat at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

A plane flew a banner across Villa Park earlier in the game reading, ‘Back Arteta, Kreonke Out’ as some fans showed their opposition to thier American owner.

A plane with a banner flew across Villa Park in the early minutes of the game

Arteta who seems to rebuild Arsenal is set to have a busy summer on budget as he looks to fix Arsenal’s team problems and their lacklustre performance against Aston Villa means they cannot qualify for Europa League via the Premier League.

The defeat means Arsenal for the first time since 1995 will miss out on a top 6 finish and have just one lifeline to the Europa League, which is beating Chelsea in the FA Cup finals on August 1.

But Arteta speaking to Sky Sports insists he has the full backing of the club and they are putting ‘strong plans’ together.

“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.

“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.

“Emotionally and physically it’s been a very demanding week but I saw a team who wanted to fight until the end. I’m not disappointed about the attitude – I know where we are in certain areas and where we need to improve more. We will get that.”

“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 for what we have ahead of us.

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

Arsenal could decide the fate of Watford at the Emirates on Sunday in the final Premier League fixture for the season.




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