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Arsenal's Wilshere cops two-match suspension

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been hit with a two-match ban by the FA.

The 21-year old was charged with misconduct for an offensive hand gesture made during the Gunners' 6-3 loss to Manchester City on the weekend.

The incident, which sees Wilshere raise his middle finger to City fans, was reviewed by a three-man independent panel after it was missed by match officials on the day.

A statement from the FA read: "Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been suspended for two matches by an independent regulatory commission.

"Wilshere was charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December.

"The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video.

"Whilst admitting the charge, Wilshere claimed the standard sanction for this offence was clearly excessive. The commission rejected this claim and the two match suspension will commence with immediate effect."

Wilshere will now miss Arsenal's home meeting with Chelsea on Monday night as well as the trip to West Ham United on Boxing Day.

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