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Arsenal defender, Pablo Mari stabbed

Spanish footballer Pablo Mari, will undergo surgery after being stabbed at a supermarket near Italy’s northern city of Milan.

Serie A club Monza told AFP, that the 29-year-old defender, who is on loan from English club Arsenal, was hospitalised Thursday night after being wounded in the back, but was conscious and able to speak.

Monza explained that, Mari was shopping with his wife and son in a Carrefour supermarket in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan in northern Italy, when a man apparently suffering from psychological problems grabbed a knife from a shelf and began attacking people.

Monza chief executive Adriano Galliani, in a message tweeted by the club, said: “Dear Pablo, we are all close to you and your family, we wish you well, keep fighting as you know how to do, you are a warrior and you will get well soon.”

The alleged attacker, a 46-year-old Italian, apparently suffering from psychological problems, was arrested immediately by the police, after the attack.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare