Former Arsenal director Danny Fiszman has lost his battle with illness and died on Wednesday aged 66, the club has confirmed.
Fiszman joined the club in 1992 and earlier this week agreed to sell his shares to Kroenke Sports Enterprises.
The successful businessman played an integral part in the club moving from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium.
Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood described Danny as “a visionary director, a gentleman and a true Arsenal fan.”
Hill-Wood said: “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.”
Wilshere dismisses exit talk.
Jack Wilshere has rubbished rumours that he will be making a big money move to Manchester City this summer.
The Arsenal midfielder dismissed the claims via his Twitter account after reports suggested that Manchester City were preparing a £40million bid for the youngster.
It was reported that City were willing to double the 19-year-old’s current wages in order to persuade him to join the club.
Wilshere denied the speculation and insisted that he will remain at the North London side for the long-term his Twitter followers: “People asking if im going city? I dont kiss the Arsenal badge then leave – this club in my heart!”
Gunners injury boost.
Arsenal have been given a boost for the run in to the end of the season with the potential return of Wojciech Szczesny and Johan Djourou for this weekend’s tie against Liverpool.
Szczesny has recovered from the dislocated finger he suffered in the Gunners’ Champions League tie with Barcelona.
The 20-year-old shot stopper is set to return between the sticks to face the Reds with Jens Lehmann dropping back onto the bench.
Djourou dislocated his shoulder during Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United and was initially feared to be out for the remainder of the season but the Gunners medical team believe he is ready to return to the defensive line for this weekend’s fixture.