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Arsenal have announced the death of director Danny Fiszman after a long illness.

Fiszman, 66, was a central figure in the club's move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium and his legacy will be felt by Arsenal fans for decades to come.

The news comes just two days after Fiszman agreed to sell his 16.1% holding in the Gunners to Stan Kroenke.

A statement issues by Arsenal on their official website read: "It is with great sadness that Arsenal Football Club announces the death of Danny Fiszman after a long battle with illness. He was 66.

"Danny, who joined the Board of Directors in 1992, was a much loved and respected figure at the Club and will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues at Arsenal.

"During his time as an Arsenal Director, Danny, a hugely successful businessman whose love of Arsenal was obvious to all, was a leading influence at the Club. He played an integral role in the Club's move from Highbury to our new stadium, working tirelessly for many years leading the team which created one of the finest sporting arenas in the world."

Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said: "Danny Fiszman was a visionary Director, a gentleman and a true Arsenal fan.

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Danny. His voice, wisdom and presence around the football club he so dearly loved will be sorely missed.

"Arsenal Football Club will forever be indebted to Danny for his invaluable foresight and contribution during the move from Highbury to our new stadium.

"Our thoughts at this time are with Danny's wife Sally, family and friends. We have lost a much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend."

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