On-loan Arsenal footballer Pablo Mari underwent successful surgery on Friday after being stabbed during a deadly knife attack in an Italian supermarket, his Serie A club Monza said.
Monza confirmed to AFP that “everything is OK” with the 29-year-old Spanish defender, who Arsenal loaned to Monza this summer.
Mari underwent a procedure at Milan’s Niguarda hospital after being wounded in the back while shopping with his wife and son on Thursday.
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Monza said he would remain in hospital for two to three days.
Mari was one of several people attacked in a Carrefour supermarket in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan in northern Italy, by a man apparently suffering from psychological problems who killed one man after grabbing a knife from a shelf.
Monza said in a tweet they were “united in grief” with the family of the supermarket’s employee whose life was taken.
Four other people were hurt by a 46-year-old Italian who was arrested by police, reportedly after being disarmed by former Napoli and Inter Milan defender Massimo Taranto.
Ahead of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindhoven on Thursday the Premier League team’s coach Mikel Arteta said: “We will be in touch with him, hopefully he is OK.”
Monza chief executive Adriano Galliani said Mari would not return to training for around two months.