Arsenal send "best wishes" to Pat Rice as he is treated for cancer

General view outside the Emirates Stadium before the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers on September 24, 2011
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Arsenal confirm that former assistant manager Pat Rice is being treated in hospital for cancer.

Arsenal have expressed their support to former assistant manager Pat Rice following the news that he is being treated for cancer.

Reports emerged overnight claiming that the 64-year-old has been in and out of hospital since being diagnosed.

A statement from his former club said: "We can sadly confirm Pat Rice is in hospital receiving treatment for cancer. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends him our best wishes. Our thoughts are with Pat and his family."

Rice spent 14 years playing for the Gunners before returning to the club in 1984 to take on a role as youth coach.

He had a stint as caretaker boss in 1996 before becoming assistant manager to Arsene Wenger until his retirement in May last year.

Rice was awarded an MBE for his services to football in the 2013 New Year's Honours list.

Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice directs the team during the UEFA Champions League play-off first leg match between Arsenal and Udinese at the Emirates Stadium on August 16, 2011
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