Why are Arsenal wearing black armbands against Liverpool? Gunners pay respect to former chairman Peter Hill-Wood at Anfield


Why are Arsenal wearing black armbands against Liverpool? Gunners pay respect to former chairman Peter Hill-Wood at Anfield

Arsenal are wearing black armbands against Liverpool out of respect to former chairman Peter Hill-Wood.

A statement on the club’s website on Friday morning confirmed the former Gunners chairman had passed away at the age of 82.

Boss Unai Emery wears a black armband at Anfield

Born and raised in London, Hill-Wood played a key role in the formation of the Premier League and was the man who appointed Arsene Wenger as manager.

spokesperson for the club said: “During his time at the helm, the club enjoyed unparalleled success. Early in Peter’s tenure he presided over the appointment of George Graham as manager and a subsequent, trophy-laden spell that incorporated two league titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

“That success was followed by the remarkable era of Arsène Wenger, appointed by Peter and the board of directors to some surprise from the footballing world in 1996.

“Wenger went on to redefine the club and the game in this country, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups while Peter was chairman, including that most remarkable of achievements, the unbeaten season in 2003/04.”