In Wenger we trust! Arteta backs Arsenal boss to turn season around
Mikel Arteta insists Arsene Wenger is the man to lead Arsenal out of their slump.
The Gunners have gone almost seven years without a trophy and look set to struggle to qualify for next season's Champions League.
But Arteta, who joined from Everton last summer, has pleaded with the Emirates crowd to be patient and back the Frenchman.
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'Wenger is a master psychologist and always tells us the key points to improve our level,' he said.
'He insists this squad can do more on the field – that is our objective and the players at Arsenal know it is possible to move up the Premier League table. Defeats will certainly damage any team, but our morale is not broken and we know we can improve.
'Wenger is very important to Arsenal – I have seen that since my first day at the club, and the players are very united with the boss. I understand that the fans were shouting and have been unhappy with results, but I would ask for patience and for them to continue with their support. For the players and the club, that is key.'
Arteta returns from injury for Sunday's FA Cup clash at home to Aston Villa and the Spaniard is desperate to taste success at Wembley in May.
Back: Mikel Arteta (centre) will return for Arsenal's cup tie with Aston Villa
Arteta said: 'The FA Cup is a big trophy and our challenge is to reach the final.
'Now we are only focused on Aston Villa, but I certainly dream of playing the final at Wembley.
'With Everton I had more negative experiences than positive in the FA Cup but I remember my first match in the competition. The atmosphere was magnificent and that day confirmed for me that the Cup is always special.
'Villa have an excellent squad. They are very dangerous and we know it won’t be an easy match.
'I am ambitious – I want the FA Cup and Champions League.
'It is not easy to adapt to another team quickly.
'But I’m very demanding and Arsenal fans have not seen the real Mikel Arteta yet.'