Arsenal’s Pablo Mari airlifted to hospital after being stabbed near Milan: One dead and five including player wounded as ‘crazed’ knifeman grabs weapon off shelf and lashes out at random in supermarket

  • The incident took place in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at 6.30pm
  • Four men were reportedly in a serious condition and one has since passed away
  • The 29-year-old Spaniard was airlifted to Niguarda Hospital and is conscious
  • A 46-year-old man is believed to have picked up a knife from the store shelves 

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was ‘stabbed and seriously hurt’ in a supermarket in northern Italy tonight with one victim dying from their injuries.

The incident allegedly took place in a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at around 6.30pm.

The 29-year-old, who currently plays for Monza, was one of six people attacked near Milan.

Four men, aged 28, 30, 40 and 80, were reportedly in a serious condition, with a cashier rushed to Rozzano, and one has since passed away.

Two elderly women are said to be in a less serious condition, while Mari was airlifted to Niguarda Hospital and is conscious.

He has received visits from the managing director of Monza, Adriano Galliani, and coach Raffaele Palladino.

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was 'stabbed and seriously hurt' in a supermarket in northern Italy tonight with one victim dying from their injuries

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was ‘stabbed and seriously hurt’ in a supermarket in northern Italy tonight with one victim dying from their injuries 

The incident allegedly took place in a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at about 6.30pm on Thursday

The incident allegedly took place in a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at about 6.30pm on Thursday

A 46-year-old man is believed to have picked up a knife from the shelves in the supermarket and then started randomly stabbing people. 

He has been arrested and taken into police custody. 

The motive for the attacks was unknown. Italian authorities said there were no elements to suggest terrorism, LaPresse reported. 

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindhoven, Mikel Arteta confirmed the club’s technical director Edu Gaspar had been in contact with Mari’s relatives.

He said: ‘I just found out, I know Edu has been in touch with his family… he’s in hospital, he seems to be ok. Hopefully he’s ok.’ 

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.’

Mari completed a loan move to the Serie A side for the 2022-23 season in August after making 22 appearances for the Gunners.

The 29-year-old, who currently plays for Monza, was one of six people attacked near Milan

The 29-year-old, who currently plays for Monza, was one of six people attacked near Milan

Two elderly women are said to be in a less serious condition, while Mari was airlifted to Niguarda Hospital and is conscious

Two elderly women are said to be in a less serious condition, while Mari was airlifted to Niguarda Hospital and is conscious

Mari completed a loan move to the Serie A side for the 2022-23 season in August after making 22 appearances for the Gunners

Mari completed a loan move to the Serie A side for the 2022-23 season in August after making 22 appearances for the Gunners

The Spaniard initially joined Arsenal on loan from Brazilian side Flamengo in January 2020 and made the move permanent the following summer.  

Mari spent the second half of last season in Italy on loan at Udinese, where he made 15 appearances.

‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Pablo well in Italy with AC Monza during this next stage of his career,’ said a statement on the club website.

‘The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’ 

This is a breaking news story – more to follow 

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