Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick considers resigning
As revealed by the Athletic’s Amy Lawrence following Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, the Gunners may soon need a new chairman.
That’s after Sir Chips Keswick has considered resigning from his post at the Emirates Stadium. Readers are told:
There was trouble at boardroom level at the end of another afternoon of Arsenal’s ambitions being painfully pulled apart.
Sir Chips Keswick felt compelled to consider handing in his resignation as chairman of the club.
Arsenal’s troubles continue as chairman Sir Chips Keswick considers resigning over the current state of play. https://t.co/d0ZctrNx0Y
— Amy Lawrence (@amylawrence71) November 23, 2019
Why is Sir Chips Keswick ready to quit Arsenal?
According to Amy Lawrence, it’s because Keswick is frustrated with his inability to enforce any change at the club.
At the same time, Sir Chips also seems keen to divorce himself from the current malaise at Arsenal:
(Sir Chips) feels unable to be a part of any decision making which now lies solely with the football operations hierarchy.
He doesn’t want to carry the can for the current situation.
— David Squires (@squires_david) November 24, 2019
What is Sir Chips Keswick’s role at Arsenal?
The truth is, that’s rather unclear these days.
Since Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal, the club have undergone a major overhaul behind the scenes.
Edu Gaspar is now the club’s technical director, while Raul Sanllehi is the head of football.
Edu and Sanllehi are in charge of Arsenal’s recruitment strategy.
Meanwhile, Vinai Venkatesham is the managing director, and Huss Fahmy is the club’s chief negotiator.
Finally, there’s owner Stan Kroenke (who is generally anonymous at Arsenal), and his son Josh, who is a director on the Gunners board.
Arsenal 2 – Southampton 2
A late goal from Alexandre Lacazette failed to lift the negative mood around the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Southampton twice took the lead against Arsenal.
Danny Ings opened for the Saints, while James Ward-Prowse scored in the second-half, as he converted the rebound from his saved penalty.
Lacazette also levelled for Arsenal in the first-half.