Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere sent off for Arsenal U23s after clash with Man City player (Video)

Wilshere red card

Jack Wilshere’s road to recovery showed it wasn’t without its bumps tonight when the midfielder was sent off for Arsenal’s U23 side. The injury-riddled playmaker was given his marching orders for a scrap with Man City players.

However, this shouldn’t be portrayed as Wilshere losing the plot or a new low for the England international. Quite simply, Wilshere was provoked. The video below doesn’t show the other fouls on him during the match.

Stupid challenge

With Arsenal 4-1 up and strolling, City player Matt Smith decided to take his frustration out on Wilshere with a late tackle inside the City half. Wilshere was understandably furious at this act of petulance from the 17-year-old.

He’s missed a huge chunk of his career through injuries. For some youngster to body-check him like that and then dive clutching his face is very disappointing. Tyreke Wilson flies into the ensuing fracas and also receives red.

Arsenal ended up winning the match 4-3.