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Bracewell-Smith wants entire Arsenal board axed

Former Arsenal director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith is not happy with the way the club is being run and has called for the club's entire board to be sacked. Bracewell-Smith was axed as a director in 2009 and Tweeted: "I agree that current board should all go.

"They are passe. Have nothing more to give to the club at all. In time we will need a more dynamic pro-active, younger board, and a good directional leadership."

Bracewell-Smith made £123m selling her 15.9% stake in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke in April, allowing the American billionaire to take control of the club.

Asked why she was sacked by the board, Bracewell-Smith wrote: "[They] couldn't handle a woman with power on the board. Felt insecure. Male chauvinism."

Bracewell-Smith also initially rejected calls from some fans for the return of former vice-chairman David Dein, who was sacked in 2007.

She claimed Dein was "the root cause of all the troubles at AFC" before backtracking.

"I stand corrected," she tweeted on Tuesday. "Dein loves the club and although sometimes personalities fall out his contribution at Arsenal has been immense."

Both Bracewell-Smith and Dein, who enjoyed a close working relationship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, declined to comment when contacted by BBC Sport.

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