Pablo Mari: ‘I was lucky’ – Arsenal defender stabbed in Italian supermarket

Mari joined Italian side Monza in August on a season-long loan from Arsenal

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari says he has been “lucky” as he prepares to undergo back surgery He was stabbed in a supermarket near Milan.

Local media reported that a 30-year-old cashier was killed and at least five others were injured after a man started attacking people in Assago.

Police arrested a 46-year-old suspect at the scene.

“I was lucky today because I saw a person die in front of me,” Mari, on loan at Monza, told the Italian media.

The newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 29-year-old Spanish defender Mari was walking in the supermarket with his wife and son when he was stabbed in the back.

According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, former Napoli player Massimo Tarantino was among those who subdued and disarmed the attacker before the police arrived.

“I’m not a hero. I didn’t do anything special,” said the 51-year-old Tarantino newspaper.

Mari’s injuries are not life-threatening and her agent Arturo Canales told the BBC on Thursday that the player was conscious and had no damage to any vital organs.

Mari will have surgery on the affected muscles on Friday.

“Pablo is an amazing guy,” Monza president Adriano Galliani, who visited Mari with Serie A team head coach Raffaele Palladino, told Gazzetta.

“He had the strength to joke and say he’ll be back in training on Monday. I’ve brought him my regards. [club president Silvio] Berlusconi and all the others.

“His teammates wanted to come here, but obviously it wasn’t possible.”

Mari joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Flamengo in January 2020 and played 19 times for the Gunners before joining Udinese on loan earlier this year.

He was then loaned out to newly promoted Monza in August.

After Thursday’s Europa League defeat by PSV Eindhoven, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “I’ve just found him. I know Edu. [Arsenal technical director] has been in contact [Mari’s] relatives He’s in the hospital, but he seems fine.”

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