Arsenal protest group to march against ‘complacent’ board

Supporters organization Where Has Our Arsenal Gone? has planned the demonstration to run before the Gunners' home match against Swansea on Dec. 1 after seven trophyless years.
An Arsenal fan group, Where Has Our Arsenal Gone? is planning a demonstration before the Gunners' clash with Swansea City on Dec. 1, against perceived a lack of action from the club's board.

Supporters will demand that minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov be given a seat on the board and a change Arsenal’s ticketing policy which sees the club offer the most expensive season ticket in the country at 1,955 pounds.

Other issues to be raised include player wages and contracts, while the group is also set to demand to know who decides which players are brought into the club.

“We’ve been sold the future for five years now, that tomorrow we’ll arrive at the promised land,” group spokesperson Marc Harold told The London Evening Standard. “We aren’t labeling it as a protest march, although we are demanding changes at boardroom level. The board has lost focus, is complacent and insular, feeling all is rosy at Arsenal when it most certainly isn’t.

“We have done this before [in May 2011] and the turnout was a few hundred. I’d safely say that number will be quite a bit bigger this time.”

A tense club AGM was held last month that saw manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis grilled on the club's matchday pricing and lack of success on the pitch.

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