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“That was eventful!” Wilshere reacts to red card during Arsenal U23s game

Date Posted,August 21, 2017

Jack Wilshere insists he’s got his “hunger back” following his return to action – but the Arsenal midfielder may have to wait for a first-team recall after being red-carded playing for the reserves.

The Gunners star was stepping up his comeback from a broken leg with another outing for the under-23s against Manchester City on Monday night.

However, Wilshere was sent for an early bath after reacting angrily to a challenge from City’s Tyreke Wilson, who also received his marching orders.

Despite the setback, Wilshere insists he’s got the fire back in his belly.

He wrote on Instagram: “Well, that was eventful. Felt good to be back on the pitch at the Emirates even though it ended earlier than I thought.

“My passion and my hunger is back, buzzing for more games.”

Wilshere reacted to a challenge in the 63rd minute before furious City players ran in, with the England international and Wilson both swinging arms.

Wilshere was sent off for the altercation (Image: Rex Features)
Wilshere trudges down the tunnel at the Emirates (Image: Rex Features)

The red card was quickly brandished by the referee, to which Wilshere did not argue.

Wilshere had appeared to be targeted by City throughout the evening, with a series of tough tackles.

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Wilshere was making his comeback in an Arsenal U23 fixture (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Wilshere was hoping to be close to a return to first-team action (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The incident will likely anger Arsenal bosses, who will see Wilshere’s physicality as unnecessary given that they were 4-1 up at the time of the sending off.

Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah both scored braces for the Gunners.

City scored twice within 10 minutes of the red card, but Arsenal held on for a 4-3 victory.

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