Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere lined up for the Under-23 side against their Manchester City counterparts at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but things didn’t end well for the 25-year-old as he was sent off in the 4-3 win.
Despite being one of the Gunners’ stand-out performers, the England international was red-carded on his return from injury after reacting badly to a challenge from City’s Matthew Smith, with the visitors’ Tyreke Wilson also dismissed following the ensuing brawl.
Wilshere has just one year remaining on his Arsenal contract and has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, having spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and having fallen down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger following a number of injury issues.
Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on the actions of the midfielder via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.
While some said that his reaction was understandable considering the injuries he has suffered from throughout his career, others believe it is time he left the north London outfit.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Jack Wilshere is driven by passion and not pretence, once he puts on the shirt he gives 110%
A leader, a winner, a role model #afc
— gooner-wiz (@martinezwoowwoo) August 22, 2017
— Akach Jim (@AkachJ) August 22, 2017
— samuel beckett (@sbeckett86) August 22, 2017
— Jamie Harmer (@JamieHarmer) August 22, 2017
— ACL Soccer (@ACL_Soccer) August 21, 2017
Wilshere sent off for the u23s shows the exact kind of passion we need on that pitch. Promote him to first team, be like a new signing #AFC
— George Witherbee (@GeorgeWitherbee) August 21, 2017
Wilshere needs to learn how to walk that thin line between passion and stupidity- getting sent off in a U23s game is ridiculous #afc
— The Highbury Times (@Highbury_Times) August 21, 2017
Final nail in the coffin for Jack Wilshere's Arsenal career tonight?
— Bernadette (@bras68) August 21, 2017