By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger has praised the footballing world for its response to Fabrice Muamba’s life-threatening situation.

The Bolton midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham and remains in hospital as he continues his recovery.

Muamba has shown signs of improvement in recent days and Wenger has paid tribute to all those in the game who offered their support.

“The common image by football is always that you do not behave well, because when one guy out of a thousand does something silly, in another job they are not in the newspapers,” the manager told the Official Matchday Programme.

“But in our job, because it is a public job, people speak about it. You have a tendency to put everyone in the same bracket.

“Overall I feel that it is extremely sad what happened to Fabrice, but the only positive is that it looks like he is recovering well. Also, the image that football has given is quite positive.”

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24 Mar 2012