ARSENAL majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is poised to address fans in person for the first time when he attends the club’s AGM this morning – but won’t answer questions.
The American sports tycoon, who took control of the club earlier this year in a deal that valued it at £730m, is set to outline his vision at the meeting at Emirates Stadium.
Kroenke, whose publicity-shy nature has earned him the nickname Silent Stan, is not expected to answer questions, which have been pre-approved by Gunners staff.
The 64-year-old is then expected to remain in London until the weekend so that he can attend his first Arsenal away game on Saturday, when they travel across London to Chelsea.
Manager Arsene Wenger, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and chairman Peter Hill-Wood will, as usual, answer shareholder questions and can expect a tougher grilling than usual following a turbulent few months.
Kroenke has attended the last two Arsenal AGMs but declined invitations from shareholders to speak.
The Gunners asked shareholders to submit questions in advance of the AGM. However, the club insist it is only in order to avoid repetition and not an attempt to weed out any uncomfortable topics.