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Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick says he ‘much prefers racing to football’

I'm 'very' patient, says racehorse owner as he enjoys break from soccer season

02 September, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

Sir Chips Keswick interviewed on Sky

IT has been a week to forget for Arsenal after losing to Liverpool and being criticised for a confusing transfer deadline day.

So maybe the club’s chairman Sir Chips Keswick was happy for the breather of an international break this weekend and media focus switching to the England team. He was at Newton Abbott this afternoon watching the racing where a horse that he owns, Double Treasure, was successful.

Called onto Sky TV to talk about his patience with racehorses, he said he was “very” patient, adding: “Let’s rejoice in racing. I much prefer it [to football] at the moment.” The interviewer then joked about it being good news for him that Arsenal were not playing this weekend, to which Sir Chips replied: “Exactly”.

Arsenal, 4-0 losers at Anfield last week, are said to have failed to convince Monaco star Thomas Lemar to sign for the Gunners on Thursday despite a £92 million transfer bid being accepted. The sale of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City for £60 million – a deal which many fans appeared ready to stomach given the striker is in the last year of his contract and apparently does not want to play for the team any more – reportedly hinged on closing the deal.

 

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