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Arsenal 16:00 Man City

Arshavin blow for Gunners

Midfielder ruled out with groin injury

Last Updated: 10/09/09 3:08pm

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Arshavin: Sidelined

Arshavin: Sidelined

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Andrey Arshavin has been ruled out of Arsenal's games against Manchester City and Standard Liege 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.

That outing has come at a price, though, with Arshavin aggravating his previous injury.

He will now be forced to miss Arsenal's next two fixtures, and his presence will be greatly missed by the Gunners.

They face a mammoth clash against unbeaten City at Eastlands on Saturday, before starting their UEFA Champions League group campaign in Liege on Wednesday.

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