Arsenal’s Pablo Mari airlifted to hospital after being stabbed near Milan: Player is one of six people wounded as ‘crazed’ knifeman grabs weapon off shelf and lashes out at random in supermarket
Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was ‘stabbed and seriously hurt’ in a supermarket in Italy tonight, according to local reports.
The incident allegedly took place in a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at around 6.30pm.
The 29-year-old, who currently plays for Monza, was one of six people attacked near Milan.
Four men aged 28, 30, 40 and 80 are reportedly in a serious condition, with a cashier rushed to Rozzano.
Two are said to be in a less serious condition, while Mari’s condition is not yet known.
A 46-year-old man is believed to have picked up a knife from the shelves in the supermarket and then started randomly stabbing people.
Mikel Arteta said: ‘I just found out, I know Edu has been in touch with his family… he’s in hospital, he seems to be ok. Hopefully he’s ok.’
Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was ‘stabbed and seriously hurt’ in a supermarket in Italy last night, according to local reports
The incident allegedly took place in a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at about 6.30pm on Thursday
A 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 completed a loan move to Monza for the 2022-23 season in August after making 22 appearances for the Gunners.
The Spaniard initially joined Arsenal on loan from Brazilian side Flamengo in January 2020 and made the move permanent the following summer.
Mari spent the second half of last season in Italy on loan at Udinese, where he made 15 appearances.
‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Pablo well in Italy with AC Monza during this next stage of his career,’ said a statement on the club website.
‘The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’
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