By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has paid tribute to the medical staff who have helped Fabrice Muamba over the past week.

The Bolton midfielder, formerly of Arsenal, suffered a cardiac arrest during his team's FA Cup tie at Tottenham last Saturday and remains in intensive care in hospital.

Muamba has made encouraging progress since the incident and Wenger praised those who attended the scene at White Hart Lane and the wider football world for its support.

"Who wouldn't be proud of the reaction?" he said. "We gave a good example of unity in the game. It is not always the example we give, but in this case we can only congratulate people in the game.

"And of course the exceptional work that has been done by medical people to keep him [Muamba] alive. Maybe the only place he could survive with what happened to him was on the football pitch. Overall, the medical people deserve big congratulations."

On Friday the Club Doctor, Gary O'Driscoll, discussed cardiac screening in a Q&A on and Wenger is "completely happy" with the procedures in place.

"Can you prevent heart problems by better screening? I am not good enough medically to tell you that, but we do as well as we can," he added.

"The players are checked every year. Before we start pre-season training, we have one day dedicated to every player being medically checked. Of course, it can always be improved but we always try to do well."

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23 Mar 2012