Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin 's ex-wife Alisa says her "beautiful face" has been “mutilated” by a killer disease.

The 38-year-old - who was married to the football player from 2016 until 2019 - denied speculation of a botched nose job as she insists it was an illness that caused her face to look a different way.

Russian-born Alisa claims she needed two surgeries to treat a disease of the autoimmune system that had rotted her flesh.

She was left fearing for her life and says she was close to developing sepsis - an often fatal complication that happens when the body’s immune system overreacts to an infection and starts attacking organs.

Alisa Arshavina
Alisa Arshavina says a killer disease 'mutilated' her 'beautiful face'

Alisa took to social media to open up about her unfortunate situation, telling fans: "I'm not sick because of unsuccessful plastic surgery. 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 mum-of-three - whose youngest child is fathered by the ex-Arsenal star - revealed that the condition developed "suddenly".

Alisa and Andrey Arshavin on their wedding day
Alisa and Andrey were married from 2016 until 2019

Fans noticed she began to hide her nose in pictures shared on social media between October and December, sparking speculation from fans that this may be the result of a botched cosmetic procedure.

But Alisa was quick to brush off rumours, telling fans that her "autoimmune necrosis developed in a matter of months".

“I got to the operating table on time, when there were from two hours to two days [otherwise] there would have been sepsis," she said.

Former Arsenal player Andrey Arshavin
Andrey shares three-year-old daughter Esenya with Alisa

“I had two operations done on my head, on the sphenoid sinus. The doctors cut out everything they could.

“There were literally millimetres left before reaching the brain," she added.

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