Mon. May 29th, 2023
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Six people were stabbed inside a shopping center, including Pablo Mari, who is on loan to the Italian team Monza.

The Spanish central defender is hospitalised, but his injuries are not life-threatening (Picture: Getty)
The Spanish central defender is hospitalised, but his injuries are not life-threatening (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has been taken to hospital following a fatal stabbing in a supermarket in Milan.

On loan to Italian club Monza, Mari was one of six people stabbed inside a shopping mall on Thursday morning. He was reportedly transferred to a hospital in Milan's northern outskirts. 

A 46-year-old man entered the store, stole a knife, and "without warning, started hitting random people," wounding five and killing one. Since then, the police have arrested him. 

According to ANSA, a 30-year-old grocery worker died while being transported to the hospital.

<p>Emergency personnel wheel an injured person at the scene of the attack</p>
An injured person is being wheeled away by emergency personnel at the scene of the attack. / AP

After hearing the news, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated, "I know [technical director] Edu has been in touch with his relatives." He is in hospital. He seems to be OK. I will get a briefing now about what happened. "

Mari is on loan from Arsenal to Serie A club Monza for the season. The agreement includes a buy option that would become permanent if Monza avoided relegation, which is likely.

Arsenal are in contact with Monza and will remain so as the situation develops over the next few days.

“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,” said a statement from the club.

“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.”

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