By Chris Harris

Ken Friar has paid a glowing tribute to Danny Fiszman following the announcement that his friend and colleague had passed away on Wednesday.

The two men were leading lights in Arsenal's move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006 and Friar believes that Fiszman will always be remembered for the role he played in keeping the Club in the Borough of Islington.

"Emirates Stadium is his legacy," he said. "He poured six years of his life into this stadium. He devoted all his time day and night to it.

"I think it's true to say that, without Danny's work, Arsenal might not be playing football in this Borough. Danny would want me to say that there was an army of people involved, it wasn't just two people. But he led that team and did a magnificent job.

"Danny did an enormous amount for this Club. He came on the Board in 1992 and he was a visionary Director. He and I became very close friends, we travelled to all the away matches together and in the year 1999 we first embarked upon the new stadium project. 

"He and I were delegated by the Board to lead that and I really could not have had a better person to work with. He was highly intelligent, he was good at everything he did and I was very fond of him. He was a very special man and he will be dearly missed."

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14 Apr 2011