Arsenal FC are expected to appeal for leniency from FA as they decide on the length of the ban for Jack Wilshere.
Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester City was worsened as Jack Wilshere was caught on video while showing a middle figure gesture to the Manchester City crowd during the game. Although match referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident, Wilshere was later charged by a newly formed panel of FA which retrospectively judges ‘unseen’ incidents on the field based on evident. The panel reviewed the incident involving Wilshere and the England international was charged with ‘making offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture’.
Arsenal and Jack Wilshere did accept these charges and the 21-year-old is now set to miss out on their next two matches due to suspension. But the league leaders are reportedly unhappy about the two-match ban despite the fact that they didn’t appeal against the charges brought against them and accepted it straight away. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez received an one-match ban and a fine of £20,000 after a similar incident against Fulham in 2011. However, in a more recent incident, Tom Ince received a two-match ban after making a similar gesture towards the referee during a Capital One fixture in August.
According to the Telegraph, “Arsenal have submitted mitigating circumstances to the governing body, arguing the length of the punishment is excessive”. The Gunners will look to bounce back with a good performance against Chelsea in their next game. Wilshere didn’t impress against Manchester City with his performance on the pitch and was not expected to start against the Blues as Santi Cazorla makes his way back into the starting line-up. Bu the midfielder is a vital option for Wenger and if FA provides him with a two match ban, Wilshere will also miss out on the London derby against West Ham on the Boxing Day. The FA disciplinary committee will meet later today to decide on the length of ban for the England international and Arsenal would expect them to show some leniency. Arsenal are also reportedly willing to present evidence that would show how Wilshere was subjected to personal abuse from the Manchester City fans.