Arthur Arnold was born in April 1882 in Dudley, Staffordshire, England. He played soccer in England before he emigrated with his family to Canada. The family arrived in Quebec on August 14, 1925 and settled in Burlington, Ontario. In the 1920’s and 1930’s Arthur was an official of the Hamilton City Football Club.
Arthur was elected president of the National Soccer League in January 1935. In 1936 he was replaced by M.A. Searle as president. Arthur was a vice-president in the NSL from 1936 until he was elected as president in February 1939. He stayed in that capacity until the NSL ceased operations in 1942 due to World War II. He returned to the presidency in 1949. He had this position until he resigned in May 1956. He served as president from 1959 until resigning due to illness in January 1960.
In September 1949 he was appointed as chairman of the Ontario Soccer Commission. In February 1950 they decided to return to their old name of the Ontario Football Association and Arthur was elected as president. He stood down as president in February 1958.
Arthur was elected as vice-president of the Dominion Football Association in September 1951. The name of the organization was changed to the Football Association of Canada in 1952. In March 1957 Arthur was elected as president of the Association but was replaced in March 1958 by Dr. Victor Hagen.
Arthur was a West Bromwich Albion fan and would often return to England to watch his favorite team. He also had a more general interest in soccer, and on May 6, 1961 Arthur watched his 14th consecutive F.A. Cup Final in England.
In March 1962 Arthur was given a life membership in the Canadian Soccer Football Association.
Arthur passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday February 16, 1969 in Hamilton, Ontario.