Aaron Ramsey was shocked by the banner calling for Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal but acknowledges everyone sees this season as an opportunity missed.
Arsenal host Watford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday looking to continue their bid to become the first team since Blackburn in the 1880s to win the competition three years in a row.
However, a poor run of form in the Premier League means the Gunners could turn out at Everton next Saturday 11 points adrift of Leicester City at the top of the table.
It prompted some fans to hold aloft a banner at Hull City on Tuesday night that read: “Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye.”
Ramsey, who suffered a thigh injury in the game which has ruled him out of action for four weeks, told the Sun on Sunday: “It shocked me. I didn’t see the banner at the time because I was injured and went straight down the tunnel.
“The lads weren’t talking about it because the same sentiments have been expressed before. To think that an Arsenal fan has taken the trouble to bring that to a game does shock me.
“You see the amount of managers who get sacked these days – a few bad results and they’re under pressure. But Arsene Wenger has handled it before and come out of it and I’m sure he’ll do so again.”
Though Ramsey is understandably backing his manager, he shares the fans’ frustration that Arsenal find themselves off the pace in the Premier League during a season in which Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs have also struggled.
“I think the frustration is there because it’s Leicester at the top of the Premier League and the so-called bigger teams aren’t,” Ramsey added.
“Everybody sees this season as an opportunity missed. This squad is good enough to win the league. On our day we can beat anybody.”