Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who recruited former manager Arsene Wenger has passed on at the age of 82.
“It is with deep regret that we announce the death of former chairman Peter Hill-Wood, at the age of 82,” reads part of a lengthy statement released by Arsenal on Friday.
The untimely passing of the former gunner comes at a time when Arsenal are due to make a trip to Anfield on Saturday to face off with Premier League table leaders Liverpool.
According to BBC Sport, Peter Hill-Wood “became chairman in 1982” and oversaw the appointment of “George Graham and Arsene Wenger as managers” at the North London club.
In June 2013, he was forced to step down from his position at the club due to ill health before being replaced by Sir Chips Keswick five years ago after playing an instrumental role in Arsenal’s successful move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006.
“Peter and his family’s influence on the club cannot be understated, but at this most difficult time for his family and friends, it is Peter the man who we remember with great fondness,” Arsenal further noted.
He is survived by his wife Sally and three children Sarah, Julian and Charles and according to BBC Sport, “Hill-Wood joined the Arsenal board in August 1962 and became chairman following the death of his father Denis”.