Sir Chips Keswick retires as Arsenal chairman 

Sir Chips Keswick has retired as Arsenal chairman after seven years in the role. 

Keswick first joined the Arsenal board in 2005, before succeeding Peter Hill-Wood as chairman in 2013, where he was joined on the directors’ board by Alisher Usmanov.

During his time as chairman, the Gunners won three FA Cups and never failed to finish inside the Premier League’s top six.

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Keswick retired as Arsenal chairman 

In a statement following his decision to retire, Keswick reflected on his seven years in the role.

"It has been an honour to be the chairman of this great football club," Keswick said. "Arsenal has always held a special place in my life and that will remain the case in the future.

"I made my plan to retire at the end of this season clear to the board, before the global health crisis we are now experiencing. The club is in safe hands with Stan and Josh, the board and the executive team.”

“I know Arsenal will emerge strongly from this situation and I look forward, like all our supporters around the world, to seeing the team in action as soon as possible."

It has been reported that Arsenal will not look to appoint a new chairman to replace Keswiick, with the board now consisting of Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar.

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Stan and Josh Kroenke pay tribute to Keswick's seven years

In a tribute to Keswick’s commitment to the club, Stan and Josh Kroenke said: "We would like to express our immense gratitude for everything Sir Chips has done for Arsenal Football Club as a board member and chairman of the board over the past 15 years.”

"His extensive business knowledge and experience coupled with his deep love of Arsenal have made him the perfect chairman. It has been a privilege to work with him and he will always be a very welcome visitor when we return to playing matches at Emirates Stadium."