According to various reports coming out of Italy this evening, on loan Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is one of five individuals to have been stabbed in an attack in a Carrefour supermarket in Milan.
One person has died as a result and the assailant, a 46-year-old man, has been arrested. The motive for the attack is not clear.
The centre-back and his family live in the city which is not far from Monza where he is playing his club football for the season.
Only this morning, the Spanish paper AS published an interview with Pablo where he spoke about how much he’s enjoying life in Milan.
“We are very happy, Milan is wonderful, we have a thousand things to do every day, my son at school is super happy…living in Milan we like it a lot,” he said.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims Pablo is conscious and able to speak after being transferred by helicopter to the Niguardo hospital. Apparently, his wife and son were with him at the time of the attack but are uninjured.
“Caro Pablo, siamo tutti qui vicino a te e alla tua famiglia, ti vogliamo bene, continua a lottare come sai fare, sei un guerriero e guarirai presto”
— AC Monza (@ACMonza) October 27, 2022
Speaking to Italian station TG2 RAI, Monza CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed details of Pablo’s injury.
“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.”
In a message on the club’s social media, he added: “Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you know how to do, you are a warrior and you will get well soon.”
Arsenal have since released the following statement: “We are all shocked to hear the dreadful news about the stabbing in Italy, which has put a number of people in hospital including our on-loan centre-back Pablo Mari. We have been in contact with Pablo’s agent who has told us he’s in hospital and is not seriously hurt. Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this dreadful incident.”
We can only hope that he and all the others affected by this incident make swift recoveries.