By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger says Peter Hill-Wood brings "stability" to Arsenal Football Club and he wants to see him back as soon as possible.

The 76-year-old chairman was taken ill on Friday and has been recovering in hospital.

"Of course [he is important] for stability and the continuity of the balance of the club," said Wenger. "I wish him to recover very quickly. From what I've heard he's in very good condition and he should be back soon."

Mr Hill-Wood is the third member of his family to serve as Arsenal chairman, taking the post in 1982 to follow in the footsteps of his father Denis and his grandfather Samuel.

Like many chairmen Mr Hill-Wood has had his critics but Wenger believes he is widely respected.

"People who shout the loudest are sometimes treated like the majority," he said. "I think the large majority of Arsenal fans have a deep respect of Peter Hill-Wood, which he deserves.

"People forget what this man has done for the club. I hope he will get well very soon and come back to the board very quickly.

"It looks a bit like the guy who shouts the loudest now is the opinion of everybody - it is not always reflecting people's deep mind."

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3 Dec 2012