AC Monza chief provides update on Pablo Mari’s physical and mental wellbeing after knife attack

The defender was at the heart of a frightening ordeal on Thursday evening

AC Monza CEO Adriano Galliani has, late on Thursday, provided a fresh insight into the wellbeing of on-loan Arsenal star Pablo Mari.

Concern for Mari, of course, quickly spread across the football landscape earlier this evening.

This came after widespread reports stemming from Italy confirmed that the 29-year-old had been one of five people stabbed during a knife attack in a shopping centre near Milan.

Mari, in turn, was quickly rushed to hospital, after which it was revealed that he had, thankfully, not sustained any serious injuries.

On the back of his side’s Europa League defeat at the hands of PSV Eindhoven on Thursday, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta had the following to say regarding his on-loan defender:

“I just found out. I know Edu has been in touch with his relatives. He’s in hospital but he seems to be okay.”

And now, as alluded to above, a further insight into Mari’s current status has been forthcoming.

The info, on this occasion, comes courtesy of the widely recognisable Adriano Galliani, former AC Milan chief and current CEO of Monza.

The Italian patron first opened up on Mari’s injuries, before paying tribute to a 30-year-old woman who, tragically, lost her life during tonight’s attack:

“I imagine his height was what saved him, because he was caught here on the shoulder. Unfortunately, he saw that this delinquent stabbed someone in the throat. He saw everything that happened. It was shocking,” Galliani told Sportitalia.

“He has some cuts to his back and to his mouth. He can’t remember what happened there, he perhaps got into a scuffle with that person, but he received two stitches to his lip. He has cuts to his back that fortunately only caused lesions to the muscles and not the lungs or any vital organs. He is not in danger.

“Of course it has shocked the team. They wanted to come here, we asked them not to, because there can’t be too many people at the hospital. His wife is here, she is being interrogated as a witness.

“I keep thinking about this poor girl, I was told it was a 30-year-old girl the cashier who was killed.”

Galliani was then drawn on Mari’s mental state, remarkably revealing that the Spaniard, given the choice, would be ready to place himself at the disposal of boss Raffaele Palladino for Monza’s Serie A meeting with Bologna on Monday night:

“He seemed relatively okay on a psychological level, but then I am not a medic. He is clear-headed. Pablo is so strong, he said I want to be on the pitch on Monday evening.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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