Ivan Gazidis, the former Arsenal and current AC Milan CEO (Image: NurPhoto/PA Images)

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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 helm at Arsenal, before leaving the North London club in 2018 to join the Rossoneri.

A Milan statement on Tuesday confirmed: “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 Johannesburg but moved to Manchester at the age of four, is confident that he will be successful in defeating 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.”

During Gazidis’ 10 years at Arsenal, the Gunners won three FA Cup and three Community Shields.

He also oversaw Arsene Wenger’s exit and the hiring of Unai Emery before his departure.

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