Arsene Wenger has released a statement paying tribute to the ‘hunger and determination’ of former Gunner Fabrice Muamba, as the Bolton player continues to fight for his life in a London hospital.
As you’ll all be aware by now, the 23-year-old collapsed during the Trotters’ FA Cup clash with Spurs on Saturday evening and has been in a critical condition in intensive care ever since.
Speaking about a player to whom he granted a debut in English football at the age of 17, Wenger stated:
“This is of course a massive shock to us all and we just hope that Fabrice will pull through safely. You pray that the damage will be repaired and that Fabrice will come out healthy and we will see his smile again. That is all you wish for.
“As a man, Fabrice has a positive attitude towards life, he is full of determination and has a great desire. Everyone at Arsenal has huge respect for Fabrice. Even after he left us, he often passed by to say hello and speak about how it was going for him. We feel very deeply attached to him.
“He is what you would call a committed player. His hunger and determination was so big. When he was younger, he had massive players in front of him at Arsenal, but I felt he had reached the level to play in the Premier League, so we let him go and he has proved his quality.
“A football player always remains attached to where he was educated. Fabrice had his friends from childhood here and they remain your friends forever.
“We are all thinking of Fabrice, his family and everyone close to him.”
Arsenal have confirmed they have been inundated by messages of support for Fabrice with 29,000 well-wishers using the club’s website and Facebook page over the course of the Sunday. To add yours, click here.
It goes without saying that the thoughts and prayers of Arseblog News are with Fabrice and his family at this difficult time.