Friday, 29 November 2013

Arsenal Stars Set To Honour Pat Rice With T-Shirts

Arsenal players are considering wearing T-shirts on Saturday showing their support for former assistant Pat Rice.

The Gunners' stars want Rice to know he is in their thoughts as he battles cancer in hospital.

They would wear the shirts as they warm-up on the pitch ahead of their Premier League game against Cardiff tomorrow.

And Gunners manager Arsene Wenger hopes Rice’s “fighting spirit” will help conquer his illness.

The former Gunners captain, 64, and assistant to Wenger from 1996 until last year when he retired, is undergoing treatment in hospital.

Right hand man: Rice worked alongside Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for 16 years

Wenger said: “It is very sad news. 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 strength to get over it.

“I am confident that he still has the fighting spirit he always had to get over it and that he will come out in a successful way.

“That is what he needs now (strength of character) - he has that. In such a difficult period, it is a huge resource.

“His mental state is very determined, very strong as he always has been.

“He will fight for that, I have complete trust that he will come out in a very strong way and of course let us hope for the best.”

Some of the current first team players also wished their former Gaffe all their best wishes;

Formerr Arsenal skipper Gilberto Silva tweeted;

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