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Friday Round-up: RIP Danny Fiszman

7 comments April 15th, 2011

Hello all.

As you’ll all know by now, the boardroom events of the past week have been overshadowed by the sad death of Danny Fiszman.  It’s a “big loss” to the club according to Arsene Wenger, but at this time our thoughts are primarily with Danny’s friends and family.

It was widely know that Danny was suffering the ravages of throat cancer, and the timing of the sale of his shares to Stan Kroenke is brought in to stark relief by this news.  Clearly he was looking to get his affairs in order and safeguard the club’s future.  A custodian right until the end.

It is fitting that a lasting tribute to Danny Fiszman will stand in the form of the South Bridge at the Emirates Stadium – now renamed the ‘The Danny Fiszman Bridge’.  The Emirates is the most prominent part of Danny’s legacy to the club – he led the relocation project along with Ken Friar, who has been honoured by having his name adorn the North Bridge.

RIP Danny Fiszman, and thankyou.

On the pitch, the news has been better.  Wojciech Szczesny and Johan Djourou are both ready to return to the side, just in time to face Liverpool’s new-look strikeforce of Carroll and Suarez.  Carroll caused us plenty of problems at the Emirates in Newcastle’s colours, and we’ll have to be firm at the back if we’re to triumph on Sunday.

We’re in a position now where we must win every game.  With United facing City in the Cup, this is an opportunity for us to make up ground on the leaders and reduce the gap to four points. With us still to face United at the Emirates, that suddenly feels much more manageable.

It won’t be easy by any stretch, but it is possible.

If Danny Fiszman’s life and legacy has taught us anything, it’s the value of showing some fight.  He fought for the club to remain in Islington, he fought for the construction of that spectacular stadium, he fought a terrible illness with bravery and dignity, and he fought to protect the future of the club he loved.

Compared to that, giving 100% on the football pitch really is nothing.  Our boys would do well to remember that.

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