Bob Wilson, the legendary former Arsenal goalkeeper and veteran broadcaster, is to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.
The 72-year-old, who appeared for the Gunners between 1963 to 1974 and was also capped by Scotland, has cancelled forthcoming work and charity commitments, including those for the Willow Foundation that he founded with wife Megs after their 31-year-old daughter Anna died from a rare form of cancer.
After retiring in 1974, Wilson spent many years as a coach at Arsenal and also worked as a television presenter for the BBC and ITV.
Wilson, who was at Wembley for Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final victory against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, said: "I am very confident that the treatment I am receiving will prove successful."
His son, the radio presenter John Wilson said: "Knowing how strong my dad is, I have every faith he will be back to match fitness very soon indeed."
Arsenal Football Club said in a statement: "Everyone at Arsenal FC wishes Bob Wilson all the very best following his diagnosis with prostate cancer. Our thoughts are with you Willow."
A Prostate Cancer UK spokesman added: "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.
"Prostate cancer is an opponent like no other. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK and affects one in eight men in the UK. Our Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign aims to raise awareness and intensify the search for more reliable tests and treatments.
"The football family stands behind Bob, and we offer him and his family our support and best wishes at this important time."
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