Arsene Wenger is frustrated that Arsenal’s annual general meeting has been scheduled the day before a match.
Wenger’s final training session ahead of his side’s EFL Cup clash with Reading on Tuesday is set to be affected by the AGM with it set to take place at 11:30am on Monday.
Wenger sounded unsure of his attendance when initially questioned, he told The Guardian: “Normally, I’m not there because we prepare a game for Tuesday and we practise on Monday morning,” Wenger said.
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When asked to clarify his comment and whether he would make the meeting, he replied: “I don’t know. My work is to practise [with the team].”
Despite his apparent annoyance at the timing of the meeting – reportedly organised for Monday to fit in with Stan Kroenke’s schedule – Wenger is confident this year’s meeting will be less prickly than others after his side made a solid start to the season.
“I think we have never gone into the AGM in a disastrous state,” Wenger said. “Why? Because we are always in the top four [of the Premier League]. Work in the club for six months and you will see how it is inside. We have always been, every time, in a decent financial situation.
“Maybe the shareholders were not always happy. Will it be better this time? Come to the AGM and you will see. I don’t know the weather forecast.”