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Arsenal defender Pablo Mari reportedly stabbed by crazed-knifeman in Italy

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari reportedly stabbed by crazed-knifeman in Italy

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Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has been stabbed in a supermarket in Italy, according to reports.

The 29-year-old, who's on loan at Monza, is one of five people attacked by a crazed-knifeman, according to La7 and AGI.

Mari is understood to be in hospital and conscious, with Monza coach Raffaele Palladino and CEO Adriano Galliani on their way to be by his side.

But it's claimed that three of the victims are in a serious condition.

The disturbing incident occurred in the Carrefour supermarket in the Milanofiori di Assago mall near Milan at 6:30pm local time.

The report states that a 46-year-old Italian man is believed to have taken a knife from the store and started to stab people.

He has been arrested by police and taken into custody.

Pablo Mari lines up for Monza. Image: Alamy
Pablo Mari lines up for Monza. Image: Alamy

Speaking after Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League, Mikel Arteta said: "I just found out. I know Edu has been in touch with his relatives. He's in hospital but he seems to be okay."

Galliani added: "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."

Monza also released a statement on social media, tweeting: "Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we care for you, continue to fight the way you know how, you are a warrior and will heal soon."

Mari joined the Gunners in January 2020 on an initial loan deal. The move eventually became a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.

He's played 19 games in all competitions for the club.

The Spaniard is currently on loan at Monza, having enjoyed a spell at Udinese last season.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Football