Former Arsenal president Peter Hill-Wood passed away

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At the age of 82 years, former Arsenal president Peter Hill-Wood, who once appointed Arsene Wenger as the Gunners’ head coach, died.

Hill-Wood had been working at the London club management since 1962 and became the president in 1982. Peter kept this position until June of 2013 when the illness forced him to retire.

Hill-Wood appointed George Graham as the club’s head coach four years after his promotion at the president post, under leadership of who Arsenal became a formidable force in the domestic and European arenas. Under Graham, Arsenal became the champion of England twice and also won the England Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Peter also played the most direct role in Wenger’s invitation in 1996. Under Arsene, the Gunners won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

Participation in the creation of the Premier League in 1992 and Arsenal relocation from Highbury to Emirates in 2006 can be noted among other Hill-Wood’s achievements.

It’s also should be noted that Peter was the hereditary president of Arsenal. This post was also occupied by his grandfather and father earlier.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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