Arsenal defender hospitalised after stabbing in Milan
Pablo Mari has been hospitalised after being stabbed in a shopping centre in Milan, per reports.
According to Rai news, he was one of five people that were stabbed by a 46-year-old man.
Of the five stabbed, three are said to be in a serious condition.
The incident occurred in the Carrefour supermarket in the Milanofiori di Assago mall at 17:30 UK time (18:30 local time).
The attacker is reported to have taken a knife from the shelves and started randomly stabbing people in the store.
Onlookers bravely intervened to stop the attacker, who has now been arrested by police and taken to custody.
An eye-witness told La Repubblica: “We were at the bar and we thought it was a robbery because we saw some boys and a lady running, then we saw more and more people with upset faces and we realised that something serious had happened.”
Mari, who is still an Arsenalplayer, is currently on loan at Serie A outfit, Monza.
He has played eight times for the Italian club this season, scoring once.
Speaking about Mari’s condition, Monza CEO Adriano Galliani said to TG2 RAI, per football-italia: “Pablo Mari has quite a deep cut to his back, but fortunately it did not reach any vital organs like the lungs or anything else.
“His life is not in danger, he should recover quickly. He has some lesions, but not very serious. He is conscious and getting stitches.”
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of all those attacked. We wish the victims all the best and a speedy recovery.
Mari was recently very complimentary of Arteta and how Arsenal have been playing this season.
“He is a coach who has changed my vision of football. I have done a two-year masterclass with him,” he told AS, per the Mirror.
“Yes, of course [I am watching Arsenal], they are at a stratospheric level. For me, the key has been a word called time. It doesn’t surprise me because it was clear that their way of working would give them a lot of joy.”