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Ex-Arsenal bigwig slams silent Stan for lack of passion

Stan Kroenke. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Stan Kroenke. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Friday, December 14, 2012
8:20 AM

Former Arsenal director Lady Bracewell-Smith has accused the club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, of having no passion for the club.

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The Gunners are currently attracting unwanted headlines for their on-field performances, while manager Arsene Wenger and the club’s board are feeling the heat from supporters regarding their transfer policies.

It is more than seven years since Arsenal won a trophy and questions are being asked about when that drought will end.

Bracewell-Smith, who sold her shares in Arsenal to Kroenke last year but remains an honorary vice president, took to Twitter to criticise the American amid the gloom that is surrounding the club.

“If making money was the motivating factor, surely there are better ways,” she wrote.

“Football is a business of passion and SK has no passion for AFC.

“[Kroenke] shows he cares very little. Why he wanted to be part of AFC I do not know.”

Arsenal were humiliated on Tuesday when they were beaten by Bradford in the Capital One Cup. During that match, Bracewell-Smith tweeted about striker Gervinho, calling him a “flop”.

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