Adams hails Fiszman influence

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Tony Adams

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has credited late director Danny Fiszman for Arsenal’s development in the last two decades.

Fiszman bought 8% of the club from David Dein in 1992 and Adams claims it was this purchase, and his investment in the club, which allowed Arsenal to attract better players.

Speaking to The Independent, he said “I think that a significant factor, 90 per cent, in why we achieved so much is that Danny Fiszman invested £50m in the club and we were able to go to the next level.

“I got my first decent contract at the club, so did David Seaman, we were able to bring in Dennis Bergkamp – and that was before Arsène arrived – David Platt, Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka, and were able to pay them – top players from around the world”.

Fiszman sold his shares to Stan Kroenke before his death in April of this year, and it has proved to be a challenging first few months for the American. The continuing sagas surrounding Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have dominated proceedings while investment in the playing squad has, thus far, been minimal.

Meanwhile Adams, currently in charge of Azerbaijani side Gabala FC, still has ambitions of managing the club he captained for so long.

“The resources that Arsène has got … give me that tomorrow. Yes, please. I love that club dearly. I’m not ready yet. Maybe one day.”

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