Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022

Arsenal defender Pablo Mar in hospital after Milan supermarket stabbing

Arsenal defender Pablo Mar in hospital after Milan supermarket stabbing


Arsenal defender Pablo Mar in hospital after Milan supermarket stabbing

The Arsenal defender Pablo Mari, who is on loan at Monza, is in hospital after being stabbed in a Milan supermarket. One person was killed and five injured, including Marì, in the attack.

A 46-year-old Italian man was arrested after the incident in the Milano Fiori shopping centre in the Assago area of the northern Italian city on Thursday evening. Police said the suspect suffered from mental health problems and have so far ruled out terrorism.

Two people are reported to be in a serious condition; Mari is not among them, although he was taken to a hospital in Milan. Speaking after Arsenal's 2-0 Europa League defeat at PSV Eindhoven, Mikel Arteta said the club had been in contact with Mari's family.

"I know Edu has been in touch with his relatives," the manager said of the club's technical director. "He's in hospital but seems to be OK. We're having a briefing now, we'll be in touch and hopefully he will be OK."

An Arsenal statement subsequently read: "We have been in contact with Pablo's agent who has told us he's in hospital and is not seriously hurt. Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this dreadful incident."

Monza's president, Adriano Galliani, released a statement via the club's Twitter account, which read: "Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you know how to do, you are a warrior and you will get well soon."

The attacker allegedly grabbed a knife from a display stand in Carrefour before randomly stabbing people, including a 30-year-old male employee of the supermarket chain, the Italian news agency, Ansa reported. He reportedly died while being taken to hospital.

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