Flu-victim Arshavin major doubt

Andrey Arshavin appears set to sit out Sunday’s Premier League clash with London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Zenit St Petersburg playmaker has made an explosive start to his Gunners career since arriving in February, netting six goals in 10 Premier League outings, including four against Liverpool at Anfield. And the 27-year-old was handed the Arsenal captaincy for the first time against Portsmouth at Fratton Park last weekend.

However, Arshavin - who missed Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Manchester United due to being cup-tied - has been laid low with flu for the last two days, causing him to miss training.

And although he still has another two days to recuperate, manager Arsene Wenger says he expects his in-form forward to miss out.

“Andrey couldn’t practice and it looks like he will be short for Sunday,” he said.

“He has flu. We had to send him home again today.”

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