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Arsenal upset by Arshavin injury

Andrey Arshavin
Arshavin is Russia's captain

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unhappy with Russia's decision to play Andrey Arshavin against Wales after the midfielder aggravated a groin injury.

Wenger says the 28-year-old should not have played the full 90 minutes of Russia's 3-1 World Cup qualifier win.

Arshavin is now set to miss Premier League matches against Manchester City and Wigan, as well as the Champions League opener against Standard Liege.

"We are upset because he should not have played," said Wenger.

"He was not in a condition where he could afford to play 90 minutes."

Arshavin scored for Arsenal against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 29 August, before being replaced after 81 minutes by Aaron Ramsey and Wenger is adamant his country should have taken similar precautions.

"We took him off against Manchester United because he was injured already at half-time," said Wenger.

"He will be out for Saturday, Wednesday and certainly next Saturday."


Arshavin skippered Russia - who are fighting it out with Germany for the automatic qualification spot in Group Four - at the Millennium Stadium, providing a delightful pass to set up Igor Semshov for his side's opening goal.

Wenger did receive some good news on Wednesday though, with midfielder Tomas Rosicky playing in his first competitive match for 20 months as he helped the Czech Republic to a 7-0 win over San Marino.

"As for Tomas, he played 54 minutes in good shape," said Wenger.

"Of course, we have to be cautious. But the good news is he's back and he played. I don't know if he'll be in the squad for Saturday."

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see also
Wales 1-3 Russia
09 Sep 09 |  Internationals
International football as it happened
09 Sep 09 |  Football
Rosicky makes competitive return
09 Sep 09 |  Arsenal
Arshavin completes Arsenal move
03 Feb 09 |  Arsenal
Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal
29 Aug 09 |  Premier League

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