Arsenal’s Pablo Marí among 5 victims of serious knife attack in Italy


Pablo Marí was reportedly not seriously injured. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Pablo Marí, a Spanish soccer player who currently plays central defender for Monza in Italy’s Serie A league, was injured in a stabbing attack that killed one and wounded four on the outskirts of Milan on Thursday, according to CNN.

The alleged attacker was reportedly arrested and described by the Italian National Police as a “mentally unstable man”.

Marí is on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, who confirmed Marí was among the victims of the stabbing. The 29-year-old was reportedly taken to hospital but is not seriously injured.

Arsenal’s full statement:

We are all shocked at the horrific news of the stabbing in Italy which has taken a number of people to hospital including our centre-back Pablo Mari on loan.

We have contacted Pablo’s agent who has informed us that he is in the hospital and not seriously injured.

Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this horrific incident.

Marí joined Arsenal in 2020, first on loan and then on a permanent contract, spending the better part of 2022 on loan at Udinese and Monza in Serie A. He previously played for Flamengo in Brazil, Manchester City in England and Gimnàstic and Majorca in Spain.

Monza and Flamengo both posted statements of support for Marí, as did his Monza teammate Carlos Augusto.

“Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you can, you are a warrior and you will get well soon.”

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo regrets the episode with defender Pablo Marí defending the Holy Mantle in 2019. We wish him a speedy recovery.

You are a warrior brother!!

I wish you the best and fastest recovery!!

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