Arsenal’s Pablo Mari stabbed in Milan supermarket attack

On-loan Arsenal centre-back Pablo Mari has been stabbed in a shopping centre attack in Milan, according to reports in Italy.

The Spanish defender, who is currently on loan at Serie A team Monza, was one of five people attacked in a supermarket in Milanofiori in Assago, a town in Milan.

There have been conflicting reports about the severity of the injuries sustained by Mari, but The Athletic claim that the defender is not thought to be seriously hurt.

Two others are in a serious condition, however, after a 46-year-old man picked up a knife from the shelves in the supermarket and started randomly stabbing people.

Mari is currently in hospital and is believed to be OK, while the alleged attacker has been handed over to local police.

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.’

Sky Italy claim that Mari is conscious, with Monza manager Raffaele Palladino due to visit the player in the evening.

The 29-year-old joined Arsenal in 2020 but struggled to nail down a starting berth in Mikel Arteta’s side, making just 12 Premier League appearances.

He was loaned to Udinese last January, where he spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, and returned to Italy with Monza in the summer window.

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