Arsenal hero Arshavin’s ex-wife fighting for life after catching Covid in coma

The ex-wife of Arsenal cult hero Andrey Arshavin is fighting for her life in hospital after catching COVID-19.

Former model and journalist Alisa Arshavina, 38, contracted the virus while in intensive care due to an unrelated illness.

Before catching Covid in a St Petersburg hospital, she had acute pancreatitis and peritonitis, and was put into an artificial coma, reports say.

Her mother Natalia Sarycheva said the player’s former wife had been in intensive care 'between life and death' for eight days.

"She has suffered “40 per cent lung damage”, her mother said: “She has Covid-19 and pneumonia with a complication.”

Alisa is also fighting another life-threatening disease that 'mutilated her nose'.

The 38-year-old suffers from a serious degenerative autoimmune condition that has left her disfigured.

Speaking on Instagram before she was taken to hospital, Alisa denied rumours she'd undergone an unsuccessful nose job.

“I'm not sick because of unsuccessful plastic surgery,” she told her followers in January.

“I have a serious disease of the autoimmune system.

“Two surgeries have helped to save my life.

“As a result, my beautiful face was mutilated by the disease.”

Arshavin has a daughter with his hospitalised ex-partner and got married in September 2016.

But the pair split one year later after an alleged affair.

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  • The Russian forward spent four years in the Premier League with Arsenal, scoring 31 goals in 144 appearances.

    Arshavin is best remembered for his performance in a 4-4 draw at Anfield in 2009, during which the 39-year-old scored all four goals for the Gunners.

    His professional career came to an end in 2018 at Kairat, who play in the Kazakhstan Premier League.

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