Arsenal Legend Bob Wilson Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

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Arsenal Legend Bob Wilson Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
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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."

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Wilson (left) with fellow former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman (right)

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."

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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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