Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his shock and disbelief over Fabrice Muamba’s sudden collapse, and hopes the former Arsenal academy graduate will return to health and we will see the midfielders infectious smile once again.
Wenger feels attached to the young man that used to ply his trade with the Gunners, and after the 23-year-old suffered a heart attack during Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham, the Frenchman has praised his quality as a player and a man.
The Arsenal manager told Arsenal’s official website:
This is of course a massive shock to us all and we just hope that Fabrice will pull through safely. You pray that the damage will be repaired and that Fabrice will come out healthy and we will see his smile again. That is all you wish for.
As a man, Fabrice has a positive attitude towards life, he is full of determination and has a great desire. Everyone at Arsenal has huge respect for Fabrice. Even after he left us, he often passed by to say hello and speak about how it was going for him. We feel very deeply attached to him.
He is what you would call a committed player. His hunger and determination was so big. When he was younger, he had massive players in front of him at Arsenal, but I felt he had reached the level to play in the Premier League, so we let him go and he has proved his quality.
A football player always remains attached to where he was educated. Fabrice had his friends from childhood here and they remain your friends forever.
We are all thinking of Fabrice, his family and everyone close to him.
Muamba’s condition is slightly improving as it has materialized his heart has been beating without the help of medication and he has been able to move his legs and arms. But he still remains in critical condition.
Apparently the Congan-born midfielder has also spoken which is extremely positive but the Hospital maintain his long-term prognosis will ‘remain unclear for some time’.
Our thoughts are with Maumba and his family at this time and we are hoping for a full recovery for the Bolton midfielder. Get well soon.