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Swine fever puts Arsenal striker in quarantine

PUBLISHED: 07:53 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:08 07 September 2010

Mexican striker Carlos Vela was placed in temporary quarantine by Arsenal due to the swine flu outbreak which has killed at least 150 people in his country, it has emerged. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted before last night s Champions League sem

Mexican striker Carlos Vela was placed in temporary 'quarantine' by Arsenal due to the swine flu outbreak which has killed at least 150 people in his country, it has emerged.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted before last night's Champions League semi-final at Manchester United that Vela was told to stay away from the club's Hertfordshire training complex on Monday.

Vela had met up with friends from Mexico recently. He was later given the all-clear to return to training before the squad flew to Manchester.

"It looked to be a massive problem because we were asked to keep him at home and not get him to the training ground," explained Wenger.

"Now he has the all-clear and was free again to attend training. It was basically down to the fact he had visitors from Mexico, friends who came to visit him last week."

Meanwhile, Andrey Arshavin's agent claims other clubs have already shown an interest in the Russian - just three months after he joined Arsenal.

According to Russian media reports, Dennis Lachter has been quoted in the Russian press as saying some Arsenal players are jealous of Arshavin - and that he is unhappy at being played out of position.

"To put it mildly he doesn't like playing on the left. But at the moment Wenger has a problem in that zone. So until they buy a good left-winger, Andrey is going to play there.

"It's not only Barcelona (who want Arshavin]. After the game at Liverpool, where Andrey scored four goals, several teams told me they were interested in him.

"But currently he is an Arsenal player... my client is not going to leave."

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