FA Chairman to Arsenal star: "You earn enough to deal with abuse!"

Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association, has criticised Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere over his gesture against Manchester City.

Wilshere, 21, was seen making an offensive hand gesture towards City fans during Arsenal's 6-3 demolition, and has subsequently been banned for two games. This is another image-damaging incident for Wilshere, following hot on the heels of the smoking fiasco that saw him criticised by the media.

And now, FA Chairman Greg Dyke says that midfielder Wilshere needs to learn to keep control of his emotions in the face of adversity – particularly as he is such a well paid player and is regularly in the public eye, making him something of a role model to young fans.

As a supporter I sympathise with the players because of the flak they get from the crowd. People can lose their cool very quickly but he [Wilshere] has got to learn.

He’s very well paid to play the game and he’s got to learn to cope with it.

You think back over many years of players who were hot-headed when they were younger, but not when they get older. They just learn and mature. That’s what happens. It’s part of life.”

Wilshere endured a frustrating afternoon as Arsene Wenger's side collapsed at the Etihad Stadium, and whilst he's still a relative youngster in football, he needs to show more maturity in the future. Winning is a great habit to be in, but losing can be difficult off the back of that, and players like Wilshere need to learn how to respond in tough situations - like the one he found himself in on Saturday.

However, Dyke's notion that Wilshere is "paid enough to cope with abuse" is one that seems to treat the Arsenal midfielder as if he doesn't succumb to emotions like the rest of us do, and sometimes no amount of money can change that. Of course he needs to keep his emotions in check in the future, but it shouldn't be related to how much he earns.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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