Arteta, however, has hit back at the supporters behind the plane banner and insisted he has the support of the club.
Indeed, when asked if he had a message for the fans who organized the message at Villa Park, he said: “That I have full support from the Kroenke’s, the board, the sporting director.”
And when asked if fans could have taken that as an indication the Arsenal hierarchy were blocking his transfer plans, Arteta said: “I don’t know, but if that is the impression it is not what I wanted to do.”
“I wanted to emphasize – and I do it again – that we need to improve in many areas. First of all, it is my responsibility to improve the team individually in everything and the mentality of course as well.”
“And after that, we need [to improve] certain areas that we feel we need to get better because the top teams in certain areas are better than us and we have to do that.”
“The uncertainty is the reality. We have uncertainty because the coronavirus hit everybody hard.”
“We don’t know if we are finishing in Europe and there is uncertainty with a few players. I have to try to be honest and that is what I said.”