Former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Gazidis’ current club, AC Milan, confirmed the news.
He spent 10 years at the helm at Arsenal, before leaving the North London club in 2018 to join the Rossoneri.
A statement from AC Milan 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.
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.
“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.