The football world has been left horrified after Arsenal star Pablo Mari was among five people stabbed in an attack inside a Milan supermarket that left one person dead.
A man armed with a knife stabbed five people on Thursday inside a shopping centre south of the Italian city of Milan, killing one person.
According to news agency LaPresse, police have arrested a 46-year-old Italian man suspected in the attack.
Spanish footballer Mari, who is on loan from Arsenal at the Italian Serie A club Monza, was among those wounded in the attack.
The ANSA news agency reported that a supermarket employee died en route to hospital after being stabbed.
The motive for the attacks is unknown. Italian authorities said there were no elements to suggest terrorism.
Witnesses told ANSA they saw people fleeing the supermarket in shock, and as the gravity of the situation became clear, shop workers pulled down the store's shutters.
The Carrefour supermarket chain said police and ambulance crews responded immediately to calls alerting them about the attack.
The chain expressed its sympathies to employees and clients affected by the attack and said it was offering them psychological support.
Sky Italy said it understood the 29-year-old Mari was conscious and that Monza manager Raffaele Palladino was set to visit him in hospital on Thursday evening.
Football world reacts to 'dreadful' news about Mari
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Mari "seems to be OK" and confirmed the defender is in hospital.
"I know [club technical director] Edu has been in touch with his relatives," said Arteta after Thursday's 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League.
"He is in hospital. He seems to be okay. I will get a briefing now about what happened."
Arsenal issued a club statement, saying: "We are all shocked to hear the dreadful news about the stabbing in Italy, which has put a number of people in hospital including our on-loan centre-back Pablo Mari.
"We have been in contact with Pablo's agent who has told us he's in hospital and is not seriously hurt.
"Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this dreadful incident."
Monza CEO Adriano Galliani said: "Pablo Mari is not in danger as his injuries are not life-threatening. We hope to see him back soon."
Mari has made eight appearances for Monza in Serie A this season, scoring one goal.
He joined Arsenal from Flamengo in 2020, but has made just 12 appearances in the Premier League.
He has also been loaned to Udinese and Monza this year for a combined 23 games in Serie A, scoring three goals.
Fans and commentators also took to social media to express their disbelief and horror.
Really awful news about Pablo Mari being stabbed in Italy. Fingers crossed he comes through it OK.
Arsenal are in contact. He is in hospital, but is not believed to be seriously hurt.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) October 27, 2022
Our thoughts are with Pablo Mari and the other victims of today's dreadful incident in Italy.
We have been in contact with Pablo’s agent who has told us he’s in hospital and is not seriously hurt.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 27, 2022
— ARDENT GOONER (@saltimes) October 27, 2022
Sending our thoughts and prayers to our former player Pablo Marí. We wish him a speedy recovery.
— Flamengo (@Flamengo_en) October 27, 2022
Our thoughts & prayers are with Pablo Mari & the other victims following the stabbings in a shopping centre in Milan this evening.
Sending you all the love & strength from the Arsenal family, Pablo. ❤️ #afc pic.twitter.com/NfzNrzd7ma
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) October 27, 2022
Just now heard the Pablo Marí news of him getting stabbed by someone and hospitalized in Italy.
Prayers going out to him and his family, terrible news… 💔
— Evan Cooper (@Lacazest) October 27, 2022
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