by Tony Attwood
As you may have heard Pablo Marí, who is currently on loan at Monza, is in hospital after being stabbed in a Milan supermarket. Although he was not seriously hurt in the attack one person was killed and five injured. A man known to be suffering from mental health problems has been arrested, two of those attacked are in hospital. Edu has been in touch with the player’s family.
Monza’s president, Adriano Galliani, has said that “Pablo Marí is not in danger as his injuries are not life-threatening. We hope to see him back soon,” he said.
Pablo Mari has played 14 times for Arsenal (including two when on loan from Flamengo) and in now on his second loan from Arsenal, his first having been with Udinese where he played 15 games. He has played twice for Monza.
Were we watching Arsenal’s first string or second string? It is becoming increasingly hard to tell. Either way, two goals from Lina Hurtig, who returned to the starting lineup, and a stunning volley from Jordan Nobbs, making her first start of the season, gave the Gunners a comfortable 3-1 win over Swiss side FC Zürich in the Champions League group stage.
With Juventus having held Lyon to a 1-1 draw in the earlier game, Arsenal would take a two-point lead at the top of Group C with a win against Zürich at the Emirates Stadium, before a tricky trip to Juventus, the team led by their former manager Joe Montemurro, in late November.
Meanwhile Arsenal women beat Zurich 3-1 using what for a large part were the back up players – and there was no talk of Arsenal’s small squad here. Seven of the players who had featured in the 2-0 win over Lyon were dropped – and the media had reported some animated discussions between certain members of the squad who had not got game time.
And Zürich women should not be compared to the men’s team from the city who we play again in the final men’s round of the Europa group stages. They scored ten in their last match. Here are the highlights
Here’s the table
Meanwhile as you will know the men’s team lost in what the Guardian described as “Arsenal’s worst performance of the season by some distance.”
It seemed clear from the outset, watching it on TV, that Eindhoven were pushing for the win and Arsenal holding on, and so the final result wasn’t a surprise.
So we still need to focus on the final match in order to avoid the knock out round early next year, where the possibility exists of meeting Barcelona. The final fixture is on 3 November at Arsenal Stadium against FC Zurich who picked up their first points in the competition with a surprise 2-1 win over Bodo Glimt.
|10 Aug 2003||Manchester United v Arsenal||L||1-1 (4-3)||Community Shield|
|17 Sep 2003||Arsenal v Inter Milano||L||0-3||Champions League|
|21 Oct 2003||Dynamo Kiev v Arsenal||L||2-1||Champions League|
|20 Jan 2004||Arsenal v Middlesbrough||L||0-1||League Cup|
|3 Feb 2004||Middlesbrough v Arsenal||L||2-1||League Cup|
|3 Apr 2004||Arsenal v Manchester United||L||0-1||FA Cup|
|6 Apr 2004||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||1-2||Champions League|
Results don’t always transfer from one competition to another.
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