Mikel Arteta admits the Arsenal squad is 'angry' at their recent run of poor form - but is confident they can transform the atmosphere around the Emirates over the Christmas period.
Arteta insists supporters have every right to boo and jeer but believes he and his team-mates can get them back on side by putting together a string of victories, starting against West Brom at the Emirates on Saturday.
“It’s massive now," said the Spaniard. "Winning two or three games in a row will change the atmosphere.
"We want the fans to stay behind us but the fans need us to be on top of our form to get that excitement. We have to give them something now and they will respond, because they love Arsenal as much as we do.
"They go to the ground to support us, they are not coming to criticise us because they want something bad for us. It is the opposite.
“They get upset because they are not watching what they want to watch. We have to respect that. We are all angry with ourselves and hopefully we can show that on Saturday."
"We know there is a very high standard at this football club, it’s very demanding, and it’s not good enough at the moment," he continued.
“Confidence when you are not winning is not as high as when you win, obviously, but we know we have to react.
"We have a really busy period now over Christmas and it can make the difference - you win two or three games in a row and suddenly you are near the top again. That’s what we have to try."
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