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.
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.