After Arsenal lifted the FA Cup trophy the players and fans rightly celebrated the club's twelfth victory in the competition.
Islington was paraded through on Sunday by an open top bus with the players, who celebrated and showed off the cup to their fans, who came out in their drones despite the rainy weather. Jack Wilshere led a famous Arsenal chant for the gathered supporters and has once again being scapegoated by the media for his use of the word "sh**" which is a word in the chant.
Wilshere has had his problems with the media in recent times, not least when pictures of him smoking were circulated and lead to heavy criticism. These criticisms were fair as it is not right for a professional footballer, especially one so high-profile as Wilshere, to smoke while the season is being played out.
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Granted it is impossible to stop any player from doing what they want in their own personal time but the incidents were wrong on Wilshere's part and he received stern warnings from his manager Arsene Wenger.
Taking it to the next level
However, after Wilshere took part in at the FA Cup celebration it is laughable that the press are picking up on his use of the word "s***". It seems the media will look for any chink in the armour, so to speak, to find ways of writing negative comments about the midfielder.
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Wilshere is a father of two and an excellent role model for young players around the country. He has a tremendous work ethic both on and off the field and is extremely loyal. The Arsenal man has suffered through a lengthy lay off through injury this season, one that saw him have to work extremely hard to get back into the best physical condition possible; his performances since his return have been excellent.
Wilshere knows that the media will look for any opportunity to criticise and upset him. He must take the comments written about him and leave them to one side in order to focus on his football and his two children.
The Arsenal chant that he was leading for the fans is a traditional song sung all Gunners fans, and Wilshere was merely creating light "banter", to put it in more contemporary terms. Arsenal have stated that they will speak to Wilshere and remind him of his responsibilities as a football player and that the issue will be dealt with internally. The club however have stated that they are not treating the issue as serious.
Over the top
Being a father and role model for young players Wilshere, 23, knows his responsibilities and arguably has adhered to them throughout the season. As a central figure in the Arsenal team and a personality in the media spotlight then arguably yes, he should not have said the word "sh**".
However, the issue at hand has been blown out of proportion and when taken into context Wilshere was only saying a word from the chant. The story must be put to bed and the club left to deal with Wilshere internally, as they have already stated is this case.
Football fans, do you believe Wilshere should be punished for his perceived discrepancy? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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