Lively Arsenal AGM expected

Arsenal's minority shareholders will get a first-hand chance to quiz the board during what is expected to be a lively annual general meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

The Gunners have found themselves subject of just as much attention for off-field matters as their footballing achievements this season, with speculation continuing that the Premier League club are next in line for a foreign takeover.

However, after recently publishing impressive financial results to match performances by Arsene Wenger's table-topping side, the board have continued to maintain their stance Arsenal is not for sale.

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It is understood both significant stakeholders, American Stan Kroenke and Russian Alisher Usmanov, are likely to be represented rather than appear in person.

Usmanov's investment company Red and White Holdings which now owns around 23 percent is the second-largest shareholder behind director Danny Fiszman.

Usmanov had been looking to build a so-called 'blocking stake' of 25 percent, but now looks to have softened his stance, following a recent statement "to vote in favour of all the resolutions at the upcoming AGM".

The AGM though will also present the opportunity for those who also have a vested interest in Arsenal, albeit on a much smaller scale to publicly voice their concerns and hopefully get some answers to key issues.

All shareholders were given the opportunity to submit written questions, of which 12 were selected and will be addressed by chairman Peter Hill-Wood and other board members.

After that, the floor will be open to questions, which are sure to open an interesting round of debate.

Manager Wenger will also be in attendance, and is scheduled to give his customary address towards the end of the AGM.

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