Wilshere ban reduced by FA

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The FA have confirmed that Jack Wilshere’s suspension, applicable to Premier League 2 fixtures, has been reduced from three to two games.

The England international was shown a straight red card on Monday night when he featured for Arsenal’s under-23s in a 4-3 win over Manchester City. The 25-year-old reacted angrily to a late challenge and a subsequent scuffle carried on down the tunnel.

Arsenal decided that a three game suspension, even though it doesn’t affect his participation in first team matches, was too harsh and appealed on grounds of wrongful dismissal and excessive punishment. While Wilshere lost his case for wrongful dismissal it has been agreed that a three-game ban is excessive.

As a result, Wilshere will be sidelined for the under-23s against Liverpool (tomorrow) and Manchester United on 8 September. He might have wanted to use the games to build his fitness following his fracture leg, but he’ll have to do that in the gym and on the training ground instead.

It remains to be seen whether Wilshere will still be an Arsenal player when the transfer window closes this time next week. Into the final year of his contract and with playing time limited, he could be sold.

Earlier today, Arsene Wenger made a point of supporting his Academy graduate, saying:

“You know how much I love Jack and his talent. I started him at the age of 17, but today in the football world you need a consistent presence.

“What is at stake for Jack is not his quality, not his talent, not his determination, it’s his consistent presence at the top and I hope he can do that.

“Nobody questions his quality here.”

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