A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder West Bromwich Albion footballer Ronnie Wallwork.
The 29-year-old player, currently on loan to Barnsley, was stabbed in the back, hand and stomach in a Manchester city centre bar last week.
Robert Rimmer handed himself in to officers at a police station in the city following a public appeal for him to come forward. He is being questioned in police custody.
Wallwork had been enjoying a night out with his girlfriend at the Sugar Lounge bar on Whitworth Street, Manchester, on November 30, when he was attacked shortly after 11.30pm.
Bar staff gave the footballer first aid before he was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment. Wallwork is said to be recovering and in a stable condition.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder following the recent stabbing of a 29-year-old man at a city centre bar.
Wallwork worked his way up though the youth teams at Manchester United before being sent to Carlisle, Stockport and Royal Antwerp on loan.
He was banned from football for life after allegedly attacking a referee but this punishment was reduced on appeal.
Three years later, Wallwork joined Albion on a free transfer after making 28 appearances for Manchester United.