Arsenal’s AGM saw Arsene Wenger detail his January transfer plans as he commented on the constant pressure to buy extra players that he experiences at the Gunners.
Wenger opened up with comments about unity and how Arsenal dealt with last season, suggesting the end of the campaign left him with more questions to answer.
“There was a lot of pressure to buy players, we lost at home first game but we showed we were united, strong together and ready. These are the qualities for a modern world,” said Wenger.
“It was a bit of a paradox. We were very consistent in the Premier League. But when we lost, we lost. When we lost, we got battered. We finished the season with many questions. How can you lose by five or six?”
Wenger also hinted at transfer plans for this January, suggesting that the Gunners will try and buy another defender.
“We have done remarkably well in transfer window. We tried to buy one more, a defender, but we didn't find one. But we will try to rectify that in January.”
Wenger also addressed a concern that several Arsenal fans will have in relation to the number of players getting injured at the club, revealing that the club is constantly working on protective medical measures.
“We are trying to develop our preventive work in medical side. We are also working on the mental side, it's important the players are attached to the club.”
The event kicked off with a question over the £3 million payment made to a holding company of major shareholder Stan Kroenke, which chairman Sir Chips Keswick explained was due to services provided.
“We are entirely satisfied that this fee was appropriate. Any future fees would depend on the nature of the services provided. It is of utmost importance that we use KSE's (Kroenke's company) expertise. There was no alternative tender. It is imperative that we keep on using these services,” he said.
Keswick also refused to comment on speculation over how Arsenal would cope in the post-Wenger era and whether lessons could be learned from what has happened at Manchester United.
"I don't comment on other clubs - that's their business - But when the time comes there will be no shortage of applications."
CEO Ivan Gazidis jumped on the issue of ticket prices, which predictably came up rather swiftly, giving an explanation as to why away fans aren't charged a similar lower price, for which Arsenal have often been criticised.
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"It's a fantastic atmosphere at every game. Almost all clubs have varying prices. Even if we could control what other clubs - and I'm not sure that's possible - charge then it raises all sorts of issues," said the CEO.
Attention quickly turned to the more recent success of the club with Kroenke focusing on Arsenal’s recent FA Cup win and the long term commitment of Arsene Wenger, who signed a new three-year deal earlier in the summer..
“It was really fantastic to win the FA Cup. To be up here with the other silverware is remarkable.”
“We've said we've been involved for three reasons - it's such a great club, such a wonderful place in London and, most importunity, the man who ran the football, Arsene Wenger.”
“We're pleased he agreed to stay on for another three years and enjoy more success.”
It was also confirmed that Keswick will be staying on as the club’s chairman, with director Lord Harris giving the Arsenal chief a glowing assessment.
“He is one of the best chairmen I have ever worked under,” said Harris.
It was also confirmed that Stan Kroenke’s son, Josh, would be staying at the club, which Keswick explained ensured the underlying commitment of Kroenke at Arsenal.