Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is stabbed in Milan

The defender, on loan from Monza, is in hospital but “was not seriously injured” after being stabbed in a supermarket in Milan.

According to various reports in Italy, Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is one of six people who were stabbed in a knife attack at a shopping center in Milan.

One killed in knife attack in Milan
One person was fatally injured in the incident, while the other five were taken to hospital, with four in “serious” condition. Sky Italy initially claimed that the player, who is currently on loan at Serie A’s Monza, which is less than 30km from Milan, was conscious and would be visited tonight by club boss Raffaele Padalino.

Fortunately, both Monza CEO Adriano Galliano and Marí’s parent club had even more encouraging words of reassurance after the attack.

Monza and Arsenal: Pablo Marí “not seriously injured”
“Pablo Marí is not in danger, as his injuries are not life-threatening. We hope to see you again soon”, said Galliani.

Meanwhile, Arsenal issued the following statement: “We are all shocked to hear the terrible news about the stabbing in Italy, which has put several people in danger, including our loaned defender Pablo Marí. We contacted Pablo’s agent who told us he is in the hospital and not seriously injured. Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this terrible incident.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, speaking after his team’s defeat to PSV in the Europa League, added: “I know that (Arsenal’s technical director) Edu is in contact with his relatives. He’s in the hospital, but he seems to be doing fine. We’re having a briefing now, we’ll be in touch and hope he’ll be okay.”

The incident is believed to have taken place at a Carrefour supermarket in Milanofiori di Assago mall around 6:30 pm on Thursday, with a customer allegedly grabbing a knife from shelves before attacking other shoppers at random.

The Spaniard, a Real Mallorca academy graduate, signed for Arsenal in 2020 from Flamengo but rarely played in the first team, making just 22 appearances for the club. Marí is currently on loan at his second Serie A club, having spent the second half of the 2021-22 season at Udinese.

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