PHW puts in a poor AGM performance, Wenger puts in a solid one + some exclusive tidbits!

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As the years pass, the Arsenal corporatism increases and you do sense that AGM’s become more of a chore than the civic ritual it deserves to be.

100 Fanshare slots were allotted to the people who had invested in buying up a tiny fraction of the club, the remaining 600 shareholders (down from 2000 in the summer) mostly took up their seats in a packed hall. Arsenal fans care about the way their club is run, it’s almost a uniquely Gooner thing, partly to do, I imagine with the manager and the club obsessing over finances over the past 10 years.

Before the white wash began, Myles Palmer sat next to me, one of my favourite Gooner sites over the years so it was good to have a chat with him.

The event kicked off with an embarrassingly under par Hill-wood bumbling his way into the introduction. I don’t mean to pick holes in a supporter of 70 plus years, but my gosh, has his involvement as the lead speaker has gone beyond a joke now.

He said Stan was due to speak, the crowd laughed/grumbled.

Ivan stepped up and gave his usual slick impassioned speech about the class of the club, how amazing the finances were (all we have is the ‘affordable‘ stadium debt now).

He said big investment had been made in the Arsenal website to help push the brand globally, apparently 110 million people across 80 countries now access Arsenal Player, couple that with 10 million highly engaged Facebook fans and you can see that the platform is there to kick on commercially.

They announced the much-needed medical centre (we’ve been invited to take a look around by the way) and how world-class it is and he also spoke about raising £600k for Centre point which helped them rebuild a property in Soho.

He also gave a massive shout out the Friar and Fiszman and said he was in awe of their achievements. He finished by saying a football club is about more than football. He’s right, it’s about community and giving something back as well.

He speaks! Via LG Instagram

Stan took to the mic… He’d flown in that morning and opened up by saying…

‘Hi there, it’s great to be here!’

He said they looked at clubs Europe wide but we interested him because we had a tremendous management team, a great manager and tremendous support.

He said he was in it for the long-term and that his family liked London. For me the speech was poorly put together and smacked of, ‘oh sh*t, you want me to say a few words’.

He kind of irked the room when he said, ‘I don’t know why people are so interested in what I have to say.’

Well Stan, we’ve seen plenty of clubs crumble under a sea of failed promises from failed investors. What you have to say is of utmost importance for fans keen to see us progress from the last 6 years of austerity. Last thing we want is a leveraged debt situation which would effectively put us back to square one.

The submitted questions were a bit of a laugh. Things started to get heated at this point. Well thought out questions were given short, non-committal answers read out from a script by a man the fans really have lost patience with.

The jist of the questions in a few lines is the club will stick to self-sustaining, they won’t take an equity injection, Ivan met all his targets which is why he was bonused, Tom Fox and his bonus scheme are private, no answer on price reductions if we miss out on champions league this year.

Someone actually called for PHW to stand down, then someone said we should bring back Dein! A touch clichéd by now, but it was clear, people weren’t happy looking at a board of old boys only interested in keeping the status quo. PHW wasn’t voted in unanimously, nor was Ken Friar. The Chairman actually forgot to vote in Stan Kroenke which was typical.

Red & White were also kept out of the loop, Hill-wood citing the vast banking experience on the board, just the sort of background you want to be bragging about now! There was plenty of heckling from the audience and plenty of jeering, which was very unusual for an AGM. Before Wenger took over, Peter unveiled a bust of Ken Friar which looked great and it was well deserved. I thought you usually had to be dead before you got one of those? Regardless, most of us were still in shock it wasn’t Eboue under the cover, maybe next year?

Wenger took to the mic to a standing ovation. He looked humbled by why he’d heard and like all good orators, he reacted accordingly. He took a moment to dig the media for twisting his words before beginning his impassioned plea for fan backing.

He went on to say he knows he is privileged, he hoped the club was on the right track and he defended the values of the club and praised our class ambition and bravery.

I do think Arsenal use this whole class thing to cover up failings.

‘Oh we ballsed up, but jeez, give me a break, it was self sustaining’

Imagine doing that at your work place?

‘Boss, that mistake was mine, but I did make it wearing a bow tie, a classy mistake eh?’

You can do self-sustaining and spend money. No one is asking for the club to plunder the overdraft. We’re asking for the cash to be spent where it’s desperately needed.

Anyway, he continued.

He urged the fans to be united as this was key to us competing. He said we’d been magnificent recently something I’ve reported on. The stadium may be 5000 short a game, but if those are the jolly come lately brigade (the fans given a ticket after the development bypassing the queue), we’re now left with the true supporters, which is making for a much livelier atmosphere.

He said last year was his toughest, he said he felt to blame for asking to players to win it all. Not sure why you should feel guilty about that.

Barcelona is the clubs greatest victory, I’m not sure about that. There are plenty of games I’ve preferred, like Old Trafford away when we won the League.

He said we lacked petrol to get over the line and having Cesc and Robin out for so many games was detrimental. Yes it was, but not having sufficient quality in reserve was the bigger issue.

He also took time out to praise himself on the keeper front, forgetting it took 2 years, him telling us Almunia was world-class and the fact Chezzer was 3rd choice. It’s all by the by, but that was a ridiculous ordeal.

He said he was involved in the decision to put up ticket prices, which was very odd.

Still, the overriding theme of togetherness shone through. I agree, say what you want outside the pitch, but 12th man in the ground has to be all of us if we’re to take a 4th position trophy this year. I do wish we were celebrating a great year from Arsene rather than a great speech… we need action on the pitch, not in the AGM hall.

I had a chat with the some of the commercial team after. That tour of Asia combined with Park Chu-young has reaped rewards already. Asian memberships of Arsenal player stand at 350,000 and apparently a recent Asian web chat with Arteta, Mertesacker and Yossi brought in a staggering 2.5mill viewers. Tourist packages to the ground are also selling much faster as well, like it or loathe it, if the home support won’t by them, the foreign apparently will.

We’ve also got a new state of the art interactive stadium your which has been designed by the guys who did Alcatraz and the Taj Mahal. Apparently we used to have a 100k limit on capacity. Barcelona tour 1.2mill a year. Now capacity has been lifted so the world is our lobster.

Overall a bit of a disappointing afternoon, but I guess it was to be expected. No open floor questions and no chance for the fans to get some real answers. I’d be very surprised if PHW is brought back to fulfill that role again next year, he’s so far past his sell by date he’s almost damaging our reputation.

Anyway, onwards and upwards, it’s Chelsea tomorrow and that my friends, is a massive, massive game! I’ll give you the preview tomorrow morning and a bit of insight that might float yer boat.

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430 Responses to “PHW puts in a poor AGM performance, Wenger puts in a solid one + some exclusive tidbits!”

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  1. IvoryGoonz

    Im off to Aix-en-Provence for a week tomorrow, so, no links, I count on you Grovers 🙂 and no rants ! I know some will feel it like a holiday too!

  2. SUGA3


    I have just put a few records on the decks and all I can say is ‘still got it’, I am just a lazy bugger and need a drill sergeant of an agent 😆

  3. Dial Square

    Male and Female Showering Habits
    Shower like a woman…
    Take off clothing and place it in a sectioned laundry hamper according to lights, darks, whites, man made or natural.
    Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown. If husband seen along the way cover up any exposed flesh and rush to the bathroom.
    Look at womanly physique in the mirror and stick out belly. Complain and whine about getting fat.
    Get in shower. Look for facecloth, armcloth, loin cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone.
    Wash hair once with Cucumber and Lamprey shampoo with 83 added vitamins.Wash hair again with Cucumber and Lamprey shampoo with 83 added vitamins.
    Condition hair with cucumber and lamprey conditioner with enhanced natural crocus oil. Leave on hair for 15 minutes.
    Wash face with crushed apricot facial scrub for ten minutes until red raw.
    Rinse conditioner off hair taking at least 15 minutes to make sure that it’s all come off.
    Shave armpits and legs. Consider shaving bikini area but decide to get it waxed instead.
    Scream loudly when husband flushes toilet and water loses pressure and turns red hot.
    Turn off shower.
    Squeegee all wet surfaces in shower. Spray mould spots with Tilex. Get out of shower. Dry with towel the size of small African country.
    Wrap hair in super absorbent second towel.
    Check entire body for remotest sign of spots. Attack with nails and or tweezers (if you can find them).
    Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head. If husband seen, cover up any exposed areas and then rush to bedroom to spend hour and a half getting dressed.
    Shower like a man…
    Take off clothes while sitting on bed and leave them in a pile.
    Walk naked to bathroom. If wife seen, shake knob at her while shouting “Way Hey!!”
    Look in mirror and suck in gut to see your manly physique.
    Admire size of knob in mirror, scratch bollocks and smell fingers for one last whiff.
    Get in shower.
    Don’t bother to look for wash cloth, don’t need one.
    Wash face.
    Wash armpits.
    Laugh at how loud farts sound in the shower.
    Wash bollocks and the surrounding area.
    Wash arse, leaving hair on soap.
    Shampoo hair but do not use conditioner.
    Make Mohican hairstyle with shampoo. Pull back curtain to see self in mirror.
    Piss in shower.
    Rinse off and get out of shower. Fail to notice water on floor because shower curtain outside bath for whole shower time.
    Partially dry off.
    Look at self in mirror, flex muscles and admire size of knob again.
    Leave shower curtain open and wet bath mat on floor.
    Leave bathroom light and fan on.
    Return to bedroom with towel around waist. If you pass wife, pull off towel, grab knob, go “Yeah baby” and thrust pelvis at her.
    Put on yesterday’s clothes.

  4. SUGA3

    My wife came home with a vibrator, started waving it about and screamed, “I don’t need you now! I don’t need you now!”

    Guess who had to put the batteries in.

  5. IvoryGoonz

    Suga: you are right, specificity of the league, if it was a cup, he could…

    “In the Premier League, players on loan are not permitted to play against the team which holds their registration (section 7.2 of rule M.6). This can mean that one of the ‘big’ clubs might loan out a promising young player to an opposing team in the Premiership and then enjoy watching the player do their very best against the ‘big’ team’s rivals, whilst not being available to do any damage to their ‘owning’ club. Loanees are, however, allowed to play against their ‘owning’ clubs in cup competitions.”

  6. LAzer

    my team

    kos Per TV Santos
    Arteta Arshavin Song
    Walcott Rvp Gervinho

    sub: Ramsey, Djourou, Ju-Young, Ox, Frimpong

    Wenger’s team

    Jenkinson (*) Per Kos TV
    Song Arteta Ramsey
    Walcott Rvp Gervinho

    subb: Arshavin, Chamakh, Rosicky, Ox, Frimpong

  7. SUGA3

    bollocks to that, this team is nowhere near ready to face ManUre as it is, let’s get TV in the full swing and Sagna back for starters, shall we?

  8. ardentgooner

    better than losing in a semi or a final again…Got to face them sometime…and the game will be played end of Nov…so we’ll probably have Vermaelen fit and sharp by that time…

  9. Hussain

    I am absolutely buzzing for tomorrow’s game against the chavs, really dont wanna be brought back to earth tomorrow 🙁 Lets hope RVP tells them who the boss is, and who can beat the crap out of other!

  10. OPG

    PhilippeAuclair Philippe Auclair
    Told by @fredhermel that Arsenal FC are looking very closely indeed at Real Madrid’s Esteban Granero, with a view to a move in January.

  11. ardentgooner

    In an ideal Arsenal fan world tomorrow’s draw would be

    Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
    ManUtd vs ManCity
    Liverpool vs Chelsea
    Blackburn Cardiff

    But i have a feeling it will be no where near that

    more like..

    Arsenal vs ManUtd
    Liverpool vs Cardiff
    Chelsea vs ManCity
    Crystal Palace vs Blackburn

  12. OPG

    Is Denilson’s loan until next summer? I know we like to point out how responsible we are financially but to say ticket prices were raised to keep players after the players we’ve sold come on. The next responsible thing is to get Bendtner, Denilson, Squillaci and Vela off the wage bill permanently, at least Almunia will be definitely gone next year..

    Jovetic has impressed our scouts apparently aswell heh.

  13. OPG

    There will be plenty of doom left in this season, a draw would be a good result though anyway forget that it’s Friday.

  14. Hussain


    by the looks of it Granero, Jovetic might be coming in during the January window.. although i dont know much about any but i think they would be improvements on Chamakh and Rosicky! but you never know with this senile old wenger!

  15. OPG

    Yeah Jovetic sounds a good prospect can play as Second Striker or on the Wing, they could well have scouts out there but for Montolivo and Vargas.

  16. roaaary

    Not a big fan of granero. Think he is a bit of an average midfielder with no stand out abilities. Any1 else surprised with the lack of interest in shaqiri???

  17. kwik fit

    When the night is still young Pedro you were at the AGM and you did not ask the question or give the shit! What is going on man have you not got the power of your own conviction.

  18. kwik fit

    Le grove guys in bed already? Are you all getting anxious about tomorrow guys we are the arsenal !
    Music guys before the kick off all tastes will be accepted

  19. kwik fit

    I have been pulling the fucking strings and have been disapointed in the fucking Le grove cos pedro was at that fucking meeting repersenting
    us the fucking arsenal fans and what did he do or say ? FUCK ALL!

  20. kwik fit

    GUYS We are arsenal stalwarts who enjoy the crack and have a long story to tell so lets fucking get in their and do what has to be done!

  21. kwik fit

    A joke and a song that i understand!
    Bade you talk a lot of sense you must be at least 22 you have a bollock that is big!

  22. ikon

    For me Koscielny is by far the best Arsenal defender. Vermaelen does not even come close. Look at Vermaelen’s positioning in the match against bolton when they scored. In complete confusion. Vermaelen has the heart but not necessarily the best positioning sense. Also I think he out does himself a lot of times.

    For me the key would be to keep Mata quiet.

  23. bade the gooner (bernard)

    Morning Grovers

    Its the day of the battle of the bridge

    Buckle up, it’s going to be a roller coaster !


  24. passionandpride

    Goonerboy! What a comment. I feel like hanging on to each word of yours. if you can write this its time you start a blogsite of your own. Most Grovers of here) would prefer to read your stuff than ‘Le Grove’ till the board is kicked out.
    Did the owners of this site strike some deal with AW and his board? Wheres the ‘will to win’ gone?