Ex-Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis feeling “confident” after throat cancer diagnosis

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Former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer, his current club, AC Milan, have confirmed.

Gazidis spent 10 years at the Emirates, before leaving the Emirates to join the Serie A giants in 2018.

A Milan statement on Tuesday said: "AC Milan informs its fans and stakeholders that our CEO, Ivan Gazidis, has been diagnosed with a cancer of the throat.

"Based on an extensive series of tests and scans, doctors expect he will make a full recovery.

"Ivan will remain operational during the necessary treatment in specialized clinics, with the full support of the ownership, President Scaroni and the Club’s Senior Management.

"Everyone involved with the Club wishes Ivan all the best for a full and speedy recovery. We are all with you."

Gazidis, who was born in South Africa but moved to Manchester at the age of four, is feeling positive that he will be successful in beating cancer.

"Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer," he said. "But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis.

"I have world-class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the Club, and I am confident based on all advice that cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery.

"My diagnosis demonstrates the importance of regular medical checkups, even if you don’t have symptoms. I would encourage everyone to prioritise their health and to make sure, even in the day to day obligations of life and work, that they have their regular medical checkups."

"We have a strong team, both on and off the pitch – Ivan pointed out – and I have full faith in their ability to drive our Club forward over the coming weeks. See you soon and always Forza Milan."

Gazidis joined Arsenal as the club's chief executive in January 2009, taking over from former managing director Keith Edelman.

During his decade at the club, the Gunners won three FA Cups and three Community Shields.

He also oversaw the the departure of Arsene Wenger and the appointment of Unai Emery.

The 56-year-old took up the role of AC Milan Executive in December 2018.

Since taking over at the San Siro, I Rossoneri have recorded finishes of fifth, sixth and second in Serie A.

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