The Arsenal AGM produced plenty of talking points ahead of a very important season for the club.
Arsenal are in a much better position than they were this time last season, as Arsene Wenger squared up to shareholders at the Arsenal AGM following some impressive results as opposed to a negative defeat.
There was plenty on the agenda as Ivan Gazidis, Stan Kroenke and Wenger himself tackled a variety of issues, with shareholders looking to get to the bottom of several issues.
The first item on the agenda related to the acquisition of an American data company for the princely sum of around £2 million.
The aim as far as Arsenal are concerned is to enhance their analysis of the current squad, the youngsters and also opponents ahead of matches using numbers to break down sides and find weaknesses.
It’s also something the club seem to hope will help Arsene Wenger in the transfer market when he’s looking at various players.
Arsene Wenger’s Philosophy
Arsene Wenger spoke initially about the negative start Arsenal made this season and the fallout following the home defeat to Aston Villa.
Wenger says the current philosophy of the club is based on three different things;
The playing style of the team and developing talent to grow into established first team players.
Trusting human instinct and what coaches and scouts can see, regardless of what the numbers say.
Scout well but also be prepared to pay for the best, world class players such as Mesut Ozil.
Premier League Title Chances
Wenger says Arsenal won’t have a good idea over whether they are competing for the title until the end of November;
“The Premier League is tight again this season. We need your support. We've had moments at the Emirates where we've not had that. But it's our job to also inspire you. We're in October, but once we reach the end of November we will have a clearer idea and we will be happy,” said the Frenchman.
Expect the usual brand of entertaining football Arsenal fans.
Ivan Gazidis announced that the club is looking at ways to make match tickets more affordable to average fans.
Arsenal fans are currently forced to pay more to watch their team than any other side in England’s top division.
Arsenal will help season ticket holders sell unused tickets when they can’t attend home matches.
£2.50 has been taken off the cost of away tickets and a base rate of £26 has been set for home tickets to this weekend’s fixture against Norwich City.
‘Young Guns’ will only be charged £10 for tickets, which should make it more affordable for teenagers to attend home games.
The club have confirmed they are looking at ways to make tickets more affordable, with initiatives already in place for younger fans.
The manager confirmed his belief in the current ideology, philosophy and systems Arsenal are using to try and achieve their success but he dodged the issue or rumours circulating today about a new two-year contract.
Arsene Wenger also round things off suggesting the AGM next May will be a ‘very happy’ one for the Gunners.
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