News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Arsenal held their AGM this afternoon, and there were a few notes of interest from the gathering of shareholders and clubs owners.
In the first board meeting chaired by Sir Chips Keswick many a question was fired, and many a question batted down but overall it was not as bad as previous meetings.
Stan Kroenke barely uttered a word after his opening statement, Arsene Wenger outlined the plans on the pitch while Ivan Gazidis tried to address some of the off-field issues.
Wenger is confident that there will be silverware to celebrate this time next year. He stated that he felt the meeting at the end of next May would be ‘very good’.
Ivan Gazidis reportedly pulled something of a joke at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur during the meeting. He was asked why Arsenal did not attend the NBC Premier League unveiling in Times Square, New York … to which he reportedly replied:
“Unfortunately he doesn't play for Tottenham Hotspur. He now plays for one of our rivals now.”
Although the validity of that quote has been disputed by The Mirror, they believe Gazidis said:
"There's a Gareth Bale poster all over Times Square. Unfortunately, he no longer plays for one of our rivals’’
There have also been some changes to the ticket prices, which have been altered to make them cheaper.
There is plenty more from the meeting, but these were our flashpoints.
Much of what else happened at Arsenal today paled in significance to the AGM, but here is a quick round-up.
Firstly, Arsenal could have a shot at signing Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid keeper has admitted for the first time that he might have to leave the Bernabeu if the situation doesn’t change.
He is currently second choice behind Diego Lopez.
Fitness news ahead of the game against Norwich now. Mesut Ozil is fit, but could be rested, Bacary Sagna and Santi Cazorla are available but not match-fit. Either could be back in the squad or both could miss out. Tomas Rosicky is back in the squad, but Theo Walcott is two weeks from fitness. Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are a while away from fitness.
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