By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Fabrice Muamba has a ‘special bond’ with several members of Arsenal’s first-team squad.

Muamba spent five years rising through Arsenal’s youth ranks alongside the likes of Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs before eventually departing for Birmingham in 2007.

The Bolton midfielder is making progress after suffering a cardiac arrest in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham and Wenger says the industrious midfielder will always have a special relationship with the Club.

“He is a loved guy,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Because we have a young team, many of them grew up with Fabrice. There is a strong link when you fight together in the youth teams because it creates a special bond.

“The players were quite low yesterday and two days ago but today it is a bit better because we have good news about him.

“Everybody has a bit of relief today but let's not maybe go too quickly overboard and think he is completely out of it. You trust the quality of the care he has, you trust the quality of his mental strength and his desire to fight any restrictions.

“But we are as well a bit cautious as long as we do not really officially know that he is out of danger and that he is completely alright.

“I have not personally been in contact with him but through Bolton we have been in contact. His very close friends have gone to hospital and you want to respect that it is not overcrowded there. At the start we know how it is, many people go, and after a while you need a bit more support.”

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20 Mar 2012