Wilshere sees red in U23 game

Jack Wilshere continued his recovery from the fibula injury that cut short his loan spell at Bournemouth last season on Monday night as he featured for Arsenal U23’s against Manchester City U23’s but things went pear-shaped after half-time.

Wilshere has had plenty of injury problems that have arguably derailed a career that was destined for the lofty heights that English players like Steven Gerrad and Allan Shearer have achieved.

His latest blow was a fibula injury suffered while on loan at Bournemouth last season. He has since returned to Arsenal for rehabilitation and has been given permission to start playing again.

The game against Manchester City U23’s was going swimmingly for the midfielder. He looked sharp and had a number of great touches (one them ended up being an assist).

However, just after the hour mark, Wilshere was caught by a clumsy, late challenge by the Sky Blues’ Matthew Smith.

His reaction was quite spectacular.

While Wilshere will no doubt receive plenty of flack for this, his response is surely understandable. Smith was never in a realistic position to challenge for the ball and given the current state of Wilshere’s career there must be plenty of pent-up frustration.