Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom ill in hospital after fight in Devon

Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom has been taken to hospital.

The 61-year-old was allegedly beaten up in a drunken row and is now being treated at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.ADVERTISING

It’s being reported that Sansom fell down and seriously injured his head following a disagreement.

According to the Daily Mail, Sansom has so far been unable to help police with their enquiries, while his family are by his bedside in hospital.

A tweet from Sansom’s Twitter account on Friday read: “Kenny is currently ill in hospital. He is being well cared for and does not have COVID-19.

“Kenny’s family and close friends kindly ask the media to respect his and their privacy, plus that of the healthcare workers treating Kenny.”

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Sanson is regarded as one of the finest left-backs to play for Arsenal and former striker Alan Smith compared Tierney to the former England international earlier in the season.

Friends of the retired footballer fear that he could be left with permanent brain damage after the incident.

Arsenal and England great Kenny Sansom ill in hospital. Pic: Getty Images

Those fears were eased slightly by Sansom speaking for the first time in over a month, but he is still in serious condition.

The family of Sansom are looking to move the retired pro to a rehab centre in Surrey in order to get him closer to home.

The former left-back played for England 86 times in a long and successful career — the majority of which was spent at Arsenal during the 1980s.


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“I’ve got to mention Kieran Tierney’s contribution [against Liege] because the way he has performed in his first two appearances for Arsenal suggest the left-back is capable of following in the footsteps of greats like Kenny Sansom, Nigel Winterburn and Ashley Cole,” he told the Evening Standard.

“Swift, skillfull and tough, the young Scotsman’s crossing ability especially appeals.

“For any striker, it’s very handy to know when the ball is coming in so you can make your run with real confidence. Tierney doesn’t mess about.ADVERTISEMENT

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“Brian didn’t always feel the need to beat his man. He’d chop the ball inside before curling in a beauty, a move that created lots of goals that year for Arsenal’s No.9.

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