By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has paid tribute to Danny Fiszman's "extraordinary courage" after the Arsenal Director lost his battle with illness on Wednesday at the age of 66.

The manager had worked closely with Fiszman since joining the Club in September 1996 and was deeply saddened by news of his death.

"It is a very sad week because we closely followed his battle and I want to pay tribute to his absolutely extraordinary courage," said Wenger.

"The way he fought the illness was absolutely amazing and sometimes I wondered where he found the strength and desire to fight it.

"For the Club it is very sad news because he was a very influential man behind big decisions.

"He was always a big influence and you had to be impressed by his huge intelligence and his capacity to analyse every single problem. For the Club it's a big loss.”

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