Monday, 17 June 2013

Fairwell Peter Hill-Wood -Wenger tracking France winger -Szczesny parting with Lewandowski

Morning Gooners.

This is the first time I've posted since the club announced the retirement of Peter Hill-Wood from the Arsenal board. A sad day for Arsenal Football Club and the Hill-Wood family.

As a club of tradition, it's disappointing that the family legacy hasn't been continued and it's sad that ill health has brought an end to Peter Hill-Wood's involvement at the club. He has been a steady had on the tiller and always believed he is doing the right thing for our football club.

I can only wish our former chairman the very best for his retirement and hope it is a long and healthy one.

As for his replacement, Sir Chips Keswick, there isn't a lot I know about him apart from the fact he worked with Peter Hill Wood at Hambros Bank. And that's one thing the club will have to change. His profile is non existent. We can't have a chairman who is as silent as the owner. So Sir Chips will need to be visible and communicate with the fans.

I wish him good luck with the role. It is no surprised that the majority owner has chosen to promote from within - it's what Arsene Wenger likes to do! The Arsenal board does need to get younger and perhaps by their August meeting, a few new younger faces will be sat in the Highbury House boardroom.

Elsewhere there is very little going on. I do know the manager and Ivan Gazidis are working on deals but several of them are slower going than others.

There is just one transfer rumour doing the rounds this morning. It's in the Daily Mail and they report we're interested in Lille and France winger Dimitri Payet. The 26-year-old scored 12 times for the Ligue 1 club last season.

And finally, I hope Wojciech Szczesny is putting in a good word for us while he's on Robert Lewandowski's stag do. The pair are in Cannes with friends ahead of the Poland international's nuptials this week.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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