Good news, bad news for Wilshere and Arsenal - Suarez precedent means short ban

But will he miss the game with Chelsea on the 23rd? And do Arsenal fans want him too?

Yesterday saw Jack Wilshere perpetuate the feeling around The Etihad ground for Arsenal fans as Manchester City ran rampant in a 6-3 victory for the home side.

The result closed the gap on the league leaders, in a game which also saw Laurent Koscielny pick up a an injury that looks like leaving him side-lined until 2014, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil come to rather friendly blows at the final whistle and Wilshere deliver a personal message to the City fans via his middle finger.

It was an ill-advised and emotional action from the England midfielder - and it will surely see him in front of some sort of FA committee soon.

So what punishment can Wilshere expect?

Well the most recent precedent that pops into my mind is that of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan flipped off Fulham fans during the 1-0 defeat for Liverpool at Craven Cottage on December 5th 2011.

The FA used the Stephen Carr case from 2010 as the precedent for that incident - when Carr received a £10,000 fine and a one game suspension.

And that is pretty much the punishment which was handed down on Suarez. He received a higher fine, because of his past misdemeanours, of £20,000, and also a one game suspension.

So Wilshere should also expect similar treatment.

But will he miss the Chelsea game?

Arsenal’s next game is on the 23rd December against their title rivals at The Emirates - and that seems like plenty of time for the FA to just sort it out and get the ban ratified in time.

But the Suarez incident took over three weeks to be dealt with - so there is no guarantee he won’t be missing a game in 2013.

Personally, if I was an Arsenal fan, I would be hoping the FA got a move on.

Wilshere is out of form at the moment and his performance against Manchester City was particulary poor. The Gunners would likely perform much better against Jose Mourinho’s men without Wilshere in the starting XI and the suspension could do them a favour - by removing temptation from Arsene Wenger.

But knowing the FA, and their understanding of the acronym ASAP, who knows when Wilshere will receive his punishment - if any.

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