Arsenal fans eager to see 'fiery and passionate' Jack Wilshere back in the side
Jack Wilshere's "fiery and passionate approach" could be just what Arsene Wenger's side need this season, according to the chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association Lois Langton.
Wilshere says his "hunger is back" and he is "buzzing for more games" despite being shown a red card after being involved in a mass brawl during the under-23s match against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
The midfielder is now fit again following recovery from the fracture to his lower left leg suffered while on loan at Bournemouth last season, during the 4-0 defeat at Tottenham in April.
Although Wilshere is yet to play for the Gunners in the new Premier League campaign, which saw a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday, manager Wenger has said the player remains in his plans, if he can prove himself competitive.
AISA chair Langton was at the Emirates Stadium to see the City under-23s match, where Wilshere helped put Arsenal on their way to leading 4-1.
The midfielder, though, was sent off just after the hour mark when he reacted angrily to a heavy tackle from City midfielder Matthew Smith and then grappled with Tyreke Wilson, which earned both Wilshere and the defender a red card following a scuffle in the centre-circle which involved players from both sides.
"Jack's reaction to what was an unnecessarily heavy challenge must be looked at in the context of his career which has to date been blighted by injury," Langton told Press Association Sport.
"It says little for the English game that the Man City player's lunge on Jack has come in for almost no criticism in comparison to Jack's retaliatory push which resulted in a brawl only when a second Man City player chose to wade into the action.
"Whilst Jack's reaction cannot be condoned, the judgemental response and sensationalist headlines are wholly unwarranted.
"Jack's fiery and passionate approach to games could be said to be precisely what is lacking in our team at the moment and for many supporters, the sooner Jack is back in first team action, the better."
Arsenal went on to win the match 4-3. Afterwards, Wilshere posted a positive message on his Instagram account as he focused on forcing his way back in the first-team picture.
Wilshere, though, also appeared to take exception to an online report of the incident, which said his career had ''hit a new low'', asking the reporter for a "sit down" to discuss it.
The midfielder will now serve a three-match suspension, but only for non-first team fixtures.
The Gunners are set to continue their league campaign at Liverpool on Saturday.