Arsenal hold up shirt in support of Pablo Mari after Martinelli opens scoring against Nottingham Forest
- Mari stabbed near Milan on Thursday
- Arsenal held up loanee's shirt pre-game
- Martinelli celebrated opener holding up same shirt
WHAT HAPPENED? During the warm up for Sunday's Premier League fixture against Forest, the Arsenal squad displayed up a shirt of loanee Pablo Mari, who was stabbed near Milan on Thursday. Gabriel Martinelli then opened the scoring for the Gunners, who celebrated by holding the same shirt aloft to the jubilant home crowd.
For @PabloMV5 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/piVlkJnc07— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 30, 2022
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Arsenal and Martinelli's gesture comes just days after Mari, currently on loan to Monza, was one of six people stabbed in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre. The defender has since spoken out on the incident, stating that he is well and considers himself lucky not to have been killed.
WHAT NEXT FOR ARSENAL? After Sunday's Premier League clash against Forest, Arsenal host FC Zurich in the Europa League on Thursday having already qualified. They then travel to Chelsea in the Premier League on November 6.