Arsenal’s board are preparing to face a number of questions from shareholders and members of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday.
The AST have put together a list of questions to be asked at the meeting, reports Football.London. The AGM should have Arsène Wenger, Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke in attendance, if previous years are anything to go by.
With the contract extension for Arsène Wenger, the recently-announced bonus for Ivan Gazidis, and the rumoured bid from Stan Kroenke for full control of the club, there promises to be questions directed at all three.
In particular, Arsenal’s start to the season hasn’t looked like the start of a potential title challenger, and the Gunners aren’t even currently in the top-four.
Although the team’s form looks to have picked up since August, there are still plenty of fans who think performances like the one against Watford occur far too often.
Then there’s the issue of the club’s finances, with Arsenal’s top-six rivals seemingly ahead in terms of commercial deals, and the players’ contracts being able to run down on a regular basis.
Here’s the list of all the questions scheduled to be asked at the meeting.
Question: An Arsenal Supporters’ Trust report in 2013 revealed an ageing board lacking in diversity, without the breadth of skills required to run a modern professional football club. When is the Board going to address this?
Question: Why has the Board not offered a directorship to Alisher Usmanov?
Question: Can the Board confirm they remain committed to the position that general admission prices will be frozen for the full period of the existing TV contract and therefore that this will cover next season as well?
Question: Can the Board justify Ivan Gazidis’ £919,000 bonus and give a more comprehensive answer than to say it was a decision made by the remuneration committee?
Question: The 2016-17 accounts show a £9m (13%) increase in ‘other football costs’ from £70m to £79m. The explanation given is that USA tour costs, partnership costs, extra security, legend match proceeds and a £1m surplus property provision are behind this increase. Can the Board explain how it has cost an average of over £2m a year more for the items listed?
Question: Do the current board commit to allowing all small shareholders who want to retain shares in a public company to do so regardless of any deals between the two major shareholders or any other parties?
Question: Is the manager still solely in charge of all decision making in terms of organisational structure and division of key roles?
Question: Will the Board publicly state Arsenal’s commitment to upholding the current equal distribution of overseas TV money?
Question: Have the club given any further thought to the principle of home credits being brought in to encourage those not using their seats to put them back in the ticket exchange?
Question: Can the Club explain why it is facing an unprecedented number of senior players being on contracts in their last or penultimate year? Are further appointments expected to replace Dick Law?
Question: How to Arsenal intend to close the gap in commercial income to clubs like Manchester United, if the club are tied down to long-term PUMA/Emirates deals? Would Arsenal consider an early termination with PUMA if a substantial uplift could not be re-negotiated?
Question: What has the Board learnt from the way Arsène Wenger’s contract was handled last season and will a decision on the manager’s future be taken any earlier than May 2019 in a bid to avoid more confusion?