16 May 2020 22:36
ARSENAL legend Kenny Sansom is fighting for his life after allegedly being battered in a drunken row. The ex-England star, 61, who has battled alcohol problems in the past, reportedly fell and seriously injured his head in the horror. 7 Kenny Sansom is fighting for his life in hospital Credit: Gary Stone - The Sun 7 The Arsenal star was said to be in a drunken row Credit: PA:Empics Sport Kenny has been unable to help police with their enquiries while having treatment in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Mail Online reports. His family are reported to be keeping a vigil by his bedside. A statement on his Twitter tonight said: "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." Kenny has suffered a string of health problems linked to his alcohol addiction since retiring from football in the 1990s. The footballer was left homeless at one stage after his marriage broke down and he also suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. BATTLE WITH BOOZE In 2016, he revealed he was "ready to die" as he admitted a heartbreaking defeat in his battle against the booze. He said at the time: "I want to kill myself.
I don't feel like I've got anything left to live for. "I want to forget my life. I can't handle life any more. If I could end it now, I would." Kenny, who once earned £1,200 a week, also admitted he had been borrowing money from pals and has just £50 to his name as his addiction controlled his life. After he was pictured sleeping rough on a park bench, former clubs and teammates flooded Kenny with support. In 2017, former Arsenal striker Niall Quinn paid for his ex-teammate to attend a rehab clinic in Ireland. In March this year, Kenny offered his support a project providing shelter and company for young people at risk of homelessness in Liverpool. He said: "Having a home is so important, but you need people. I am not happy. My phone does not ring. People need people. But if no one is there, who do you talk to?" The legend won 86 caps for England and was the most-capped left-back until Ashley Cole in the early 2000s. He made 394 appearances at Arsenal between 1980 and 1988 and also had spells at Newcastle, QPR, Coventry, Everton and Watford. 7 Kenny made 394 appearances for Arsenal Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7 He was also the most-capped left back for England until the 2000s Credit: Getty - Contributor 7 Kenny has battled alcohol addiction Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd 7 The left-back had a successful career before retiring in the mid-1990s Credit: Getty - Contributor 7 He played for Arsenal for eight years Credit: PA:Empics Sport Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - football Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Troubled football legend Kenny Sansom was sitting up in hospital today after he was reportedly beaten in a drunken row. The former England ace, 61, had been unable to communicate for seven days – and doctors told his family they didn't expect him to survive the night eight days ago. His three grown-up children Natalie, Katie and Harry were tonight by his bedside. They have been warned: "He's not out of the woods yet". A source said: "Ken's family and friends have been worried sick but he's a strong man. Things were looking bad but fingers crossed he's beaten the odds now. "His family are still trying to make sense of what's happened but doctors say he had suffered injuries to his nose and head." (Image: Getty) It is understood Kenny fell and suffered a serious head injury in Exeter, Devon, where he lives. He is in the city's hospital. The former Arsenal captain made 86 appearances for England and remains our second most capped left-back after Ashley Cole. He is England's 12th most capped player in any position. Kenny played 400 times for Arsenal and was in three Wembley cup finals in a glittering 20-year career, which began at Crystal Palace. He also turned out for QPR, Newcastle and Everton. But he has been fighting a well-publicised war with alcoholism. In June 2015 Kenny accepted a lifeline from former teammate Tony Adams and the Professional Footballers' Association to go into rehab after he was found sleeping on the streets. He told an interviewer he was downing up to five bottles of wine a day, had lost his home and was feeling suicidal. In January 2016 he spent 12 weeks in rehab at the Perry Clayman Project in Luton after two appearances on Jeremy Kyle. Kenny had originally refused rehab but later thanked the TV host after claiming the stay had turned his life around. In November 2016, comic Russell Brand drove him to a clinic in Coventry and arranged an 18-week stay. Kenny only lasted two days before walking out. Two months later former Arsenal teammate Niall Quinn checked him in to the Tiglin Centre in County Wicklow, where he lasted seven months. The source added: "Hopefully Ken will make a full recovery and this will prove to be a turning point. He's been in a bad way for a long time." Devon and Cornwall Police were unavailable for comment on Sansom's injuries.