Andrey Arshavin has been ruled out of Arsenal’s next three matches with a groin injury.
The Gunners midfielder has been troubled by the problem for a while, and was forced to sit out Russia’s World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on Saturday as a result.
He did, however, play the full 90 minutes for his country against Wales on Wednesday, helping Guus Hiddink’s side to a 3-1 victory in Cardiff.
But the midweek game has taken it’s toll, with Arshavin inflaming the previous injury.
He will now be forced to miss Arsenal’s next three fixtures, against Manchester City, Standard Liege in Europe followed by Wigan Athletic and his presence will be greatly missed by the Gunners.
They face a tough match against unbeaten City at Eastlands on Saturday, before starting their Champions League group campaign in Liege on Wednesday and a home encounter against Wigan Athletic the following weekend.
“He will be out for Saturday, for Wednesday and certainly as well for Wigan,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday.
“I took him out at Manchester United because of a groin problem.
“He did not play in Russia’s first game, but played last night against Wales. He should not have played and is injured.
“You can say a lot about it, but it does not do a lot.”
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