Arsenal Supporters' Trust demands owner Stan Kroenke sheds light on vision for club at AGM

 
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Kroenke has been dubbed "Silent Stan" (Source: Getty)

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) has demanded that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke outline his vision for the club ahead of the Gunners' annual general meeting on Thursday.

In a letter to Kroenke the Arsenal fans' group accuses the American tycoon of reneging on a commitment to engage with fans made when he took control of the Premier League club in 2011.

It quotes a statement made at the time of Kroenke's takeover that he "made it a priority to meet with supporters and fan groups".

The AST writes: "Sadly it is a commitment that has not been effectively fulfilled even once.

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"Addressing shareholders at the meeting, many of whom are custodian supporters, would be a positive step. Should you decide to not address the meeting then we would request as a priority a meeting after the AGM where you can convey your current approach and priorities for the club."

Kroenke has acquired the nickname "Silent Stan" from a perceived failure to offer insight into his personal goals for Arsenal and the numerous other sports teams in his stable, which include the NFL's LA Rams and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.

The Texan was the subject of some fans' anger at Emirates Stadium last year as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

"As the majority shareholder and sole equity-holding board member we believe that good governance practice requires you personally to address the meeting," writes the AST.

"By doing so you can provide everyone at the club with a much needed sense of leadership and purpose. You can also address the concerns raised by our members on a range of governance and ownership issues including a need to refresh the boardroom and ensure the appointment of truly independent directors who represent all shareholders."

The AST is also encouraging all shareholders to vote against the re-appointment of Sir Chips Keswick and Kroenke's son Josh to the Arsenal board in order to "demonstrate dissatisfaction at the current ownership and governance arrangements".

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