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Arsenal Legend Bob Wilson Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02:  Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson cycles around the ground to launch his 500 mile cycling challenge during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium on April 2, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

Ex-Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper Bob Wilson is receiving treatment for prostate cancer, canceling all scheduled work and charity appointments to focus on his recovery. 

BBC Sport provide a statement from the 72-year-old international stopper-turned-broadcaster discussing his request request for privacy while he undergoes treatment for the illness:

"I am very confident that the treatment I am receiving will prove successful and kindly ask that my privacy is respected at this time."

Wilson (left) with fellow former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman (right)
Wilson (left) with fellow former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman (right)Ben Radford/Getty Images

Following his retirement in 1974, Wilson took up a coaching position with Arsenal, as well as finding another successful venture in broadcasting.

Working with media outlets such as the BBC and ITV, presenting numerous football programs for more than 20 years.

Wilson's son John Wilson, also a BBC presenter, added: "Knowing how strong my dad is, I have every faith he will be back to match fitness very soon indeed."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19:  Former Manchester City player Ian Brightwell and former Arsenal player Bob Wilson attend a memorial service for Bert Trautmann prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the
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Wilson played his entire professional career with the Gunners, spending more than a decade in North London and making 308 appearances for the club, per his official Arsenal profile.

The club's official Twitter account along with current midfielder Aaron Ramsey sent in their messages of support for the former Gunners figure:

Britain's sports journalists also sent their regards to the Scot during this time of hardship:

Wilson's daughter Anne passed away in 1998 from a rare form of cancer at 31 years of age, leading he and his wife Megs to set up the Willow Foundation, aimed at supporting young people coping with serious illness.

The Press Association (h/t The Guardian) quote a Prostate UK spokesperson as saying of Wilson's announcement:

We wish Bob Wilson our best wishes in his fight against prostate cancer. A key figure in the football world, he has already been affected by the tragic consequences of cancer, and his tireless work for the Willow Foundation, set up in the memory of his late daughter, continues to this day.

It says everything of the man that he has already pledged to return to those efforts as soon as he can.

Keyhole surgery, cryotherapy and radiotherapy are just some of the methods used in the treatment of prostate cancer.

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