The Arsenal Supporter’s Trust have released the results of their annual survey and it shows strong support for Arsene Wenger, yet disappointment with Stan Kroenke since he became the majority shareholder last year.
82% of respondents believe that Red and White should be offered a place on the Arsenal board while 75% declared themselves dissatisified with ‘Stan Kroenke’s explanation of his Vision for Arsenal Football Club’, which is not to say they’re dissatisfied with Kroenke himself but more at the lack of communication.
Arsenal’s self-sustaining business model is one which the board espouses and this appears to be way forward. 60% of AST respondents believe this is the correct way for the club to be run, while 40% would like to see an ‘outside investment’ / benefactor model. Some 80% would like to see the club explore the possibility of a rights issue or short-term loan to inject additional cash – presumably to invest in the squad.
83% would like to see new appointments to the Arsenal board while 72% want David Dein to play a role at the club. From a ticketing point of view 56% do not believe current ticket prices represent good value, with 31% taking the opposite view.
With regards to football matters, AST members were asked to choose their level of satisfaction with Arsenal’s football performance in recent years and the replies were: Highly Satisfied – 1.5% : Satisfied – 20% : Slightly Satisfied – 40.5% : Unsatisfied – 38%
However, despite those results, there was overwhelming support for Arsene Wenger with 77% in favour of his continuation as manager of the club. Just 15% were not in favour while 8% had no view.
While 89% ranked Wenger and his coaching staff good/very good for ‘playing attractive and entertaining football’ only 7% awarded the same mark for the team’s defensive capabilities (hopefully something Steve Bould can change!), and 76% thought qualifying for the Champions League was more important than winning one or both of the domestic cups.
When asked about the board, 63% felt that the club were in touch with fans but could improve in this area, with 32% saying the club were not connecting properly with supporters, and 41% would like the next statue (if there is one) to be of Dennis Bergkamp (next closest was David Rocastle on 14%).
Note: survey was carried out of 1067 AST members with 636 responses received. The survey was tallied and recorded before the rather tumultuous events of last week.