Arsenal will appeal Jack Wilshere’s apparent two-match ban that is expected to be handed to him by The FA, which will render him unavailable for the Gunners tie with Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 23 and also the Boxing Day fixture at West Ham.
The midfielder was charged by the Football Association earlier this week for pulling the middle finger to the Manchester City crowd during their 6-3 loss at the weekend.
Wilshere has since accepted the charge according to widespread reports, however he will appeal the ‘mandatory’ two-game suspension, especially after similar incidents in the past have resulted in just a single match ban and a warning.
Luis Suárez received a one-game ban for the same offence two years ago when he raised his middle finger to Fulham supporters at Craven Cottage, while Wilfried Zaha also received the same suspension last season after making the gesture at away supporters during Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw against Leeds United at Selhurst Park.
Both incidents were caught only in photographs, not video which appears to be the differential for Wilshere, something that could lead to a lengthier two-game ban. Arsenal are believed to be arguing Wilshere was under immense personal abuse from the City crowd during the pulsating encounter on Saturday, something which led the Englishman to react as he did.
The FA panel will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the final outcome of the 21-year-old’s ban.
A two game ban seems extremely harsh, especially as Wilshere has hardly had any disciplinary issues on the pitch. A single match ban and a warning is sufficient at the most, Arsenal especially need him for the hectic festive season.
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