Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis diagnosed with throat cancer but is confident to make a full recovery and will continue his work at AC Milan
- Ivan Gazidis played 10 years at Arsenal before moving to AC Milan in 2018
- During his time as chief executive, the Gunners won three FA Cup trophies
- Gazidis expects full recovery after throat cancer diagnosis
- He said: ‘I have a very curable cancer and a positive diagnosis’
Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 56-year-old, who now works for AC Milan after leaving the Gunners in 2018, released a statement sharing the news and is optimistic about the prognosis.
Gazidis spent ten years at Arsenal and the Gunners won three FA Cups during his time as chief executive.
Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer
On Tuesday he wrote: ‘Of course there is never a good time to be diagnosed with cancer. But I have a very curable 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 that cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery.
‘My diagnosis shows the importance of regular medical checkups, even if you don’t have any symptoms. I would encourage everyone to prioritize their health and make sure, even in the daily obligations of life and work, that they have their regular medical checkups.
Gazidis, who now works for AC Milan, is confident of making a full recovery
“We have a strong team both on and off the pitch,” Ivan said, and I am confident in their ability to take our club forward in the coming weeks. See you soon and always Forza Milan.’
Gazidis was born in South Africa and moved to Manchester at the age of four.
He studied law at Oxford and later became a member of the team that founded the MLS in the United States. He took over the chief executive role at Arsenal in 2008.
His current squad, AC Milan, wished him a full and speedy recovery.
Their statement read: “AC Milan informs its fans and stakeholders that our CEO, Ivan Gazidis, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
Gazidis teamed up with Arsène Wenger and oversaw the Frenchman’s departure from the club
“Based on an extensive battery of tests and scans, doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
“Ivan will remain operational in specialist clinics during the necessary treatments, with the full support of the owner, chairman Scaroni and senior management of the club.
Everyone involved with the club wishes Ivan all the best for a full and speedy recovery. We’re all with you.’