The former assistant has been diagnosed with cancer.
The news that former Arsenal player and assistant manager Pat Rice is battling with cancer has been met with messages of sadness and support from the football community.
Gunners players of past and present, as well as renowned sports journalists and celebrities have take to Twitter to send their best wishes to the 64-year-old.
Manager Arsene Wenger worked alongside the Northern Irishman for 12 years in north London and is a close friend of Rice.
“Not only do we love him but of course we are very grateful for what he has done here. We are in touch with him but I trust his legendary strengths to get over that,” Wenger told the club’s website.
“I’m confident that he still has the fighting spirit he always had to get over that and that he will come out in a successful way.”
Both current and former players who worked with Rice at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium were quick to send their own support to the club great.
— Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) November 28, 2013
Thoughts with Pat Rice #Staystrong
— Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) November 28, 2013
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) November 28, 2013
— Gilberto Silva (@GilbertoSilva15) November 28, 2013
Similarly journalists and celebrities both inside and outside of the sporting world were keen for this highly respected man to recover as soon as possible.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 28, 2013
Very sorry to hear that Pat Rice is unwell. A great man of football and Arsenal. Wish him all the very best.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 28, 2013
Thoughts with Pat Rice hope he gets well soon.
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 28, 2013
A few words and best wishes for Pat Rice. A fighter and a legend. http://t.co/qP4a9Z8dNE
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) November 28, 2013
Very, very sorry to hear about Pat Rice’s fight with cancer. Lovely man, and one of the great legends in Arsenal history. #GetWellSoonPat
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2013
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