Ex-Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin's 'mutilated' ex-wife fighting for life after catching Covid

The tragic ex-wife of Arsenal legend Andrey Arshavin is fighting for her life in hospital after catching Covid-19 while in an intensive care coma due to an unrelated illness.

Former model and journalist Alisa Arshavina, 38, who shares a child with the Russian star, has been on a lung ventilator, say reports. 

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

It is now more than a month since the influencer has  posted on social media. 

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

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

Alisa was reported too ill this week to message her son from an earlier marriage on his 17th birthday, and her health problems  came amid a bitter battle with the former Gunner, 39. 

Arshavin’s mother Tatyana is seeking  in court to evict her and her three children from her £500,000 marital home. 

Alisa is challenging legal moves to leave her and her daughter with the player, Yesenya, four, “homeless” but missed a court hearing due to her hospitalisation. 

Separately, Alisa is fighting a ‘life-threatening” disease which has “mutilated” her nose, a condition she said was the result of a serious degenerative autoimmune system condition.

In online posts before she was hospitalised, Alisa routinely covered her face –  but denied speculation her plight was due to a botched 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.”

The condition can destroy the inside of the jaw, cheekbones, lips and nasopharynx.

Before her admission to hospital,  Alisa hit out at the court move to force her out of the house. 

“It was Andrey who signed her the deed as a gift when we were married." 

Arshavin scored 31 goals in 144 appearances for Arsenal between 2009-13 before returning to his boyhood club Zenit St Petersburg. 

He is now an advisor to Zenit on youth football. 

In London, he was with famous Russian TV presenter Yulia Baranovskaya, with whom he has three children. 

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