Arsenal board come under heavy fire

FORMER Arsenal director Lady Bracewell-Smith feels the current Gunners board needs to be more “pro-active”.

Bracewell-Smith, whose family have a long association with Arsenal, left the north London club in December 2008 and in April sold her 15.9 per cent holding to Stan Kroenke, which paved the way for the American to launch a full-blown takeover.

However, she remains unimpressed with events behinds the scenes at Emirates Stadium.

She said: “In time we will need a more dynamic pro-active younger board, and a good directional leadership. [They] couldn’t handle a woman with power on the board. They felt insecure. Male chauvinism.”