By Chris Harris

Arsenal Football Club would not be where it is today without the input of Danny Fiszman, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Arsenal Director passed away on Wednesday at the age of 66 after a long battle with illness, just 24 hours before a bridge at Emirates Stadium was renamed to recognise his contribution to the Club and his leading role in the historic move from Highbury.

Wenger attended that ceremony and paid a glowing tribute to his former colleague when he faced reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"I will remember Danny as a forward-thinker, a man who was very brave and who did fight until the last minute and was always a very influential person at every board meeting," said Wenger. "He was one of the very intelligent men behind this Club and the development of this Club.

"He was very instrumental in all of [the stadium move] and in all the practical work, all the negotiation work, the relocation of all the businesses, the planning permission.

"There was a team, Ken Friar and Danny Fiszman, who did all of that. It is very fair to say the Club wouldn't be where it is today without Danny Fiszman."

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