Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal will have to move on and accept Jack Wilshere's two-match suspension.
The England wonderkid was ruled out of Christmas fixtures against Chelsea and West Ham United after the FA suspended him for making an offensive gesture during Manchester City's 6-3 win over the Gunners.
Wilshere originally appealed, stating that the ban was inconsistent with previous FA punishments for other offensive gestures.
However, Wenger said in his pre-match press conference this morning: "We thought the ban was one game and that's why we appealed.
"It is two, we have to accept it and to swallow it. He was wrong in his reaction, we just thought it was a one-game ban and that's why we appealed but we are now in a situation where we have to accept it and wait until he comes back, and focus on our next games without him."
Arsenal must now concentrate on Monday evening's fixture against rivals Chelsea, with Wenger looking to pick up his first win over Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal will have to do without Wilshere's creativity, but this season the Englishman has struggled for form and fitness, to the extent that England boss Roy Hodgson made his worries about Wilshere known in early November.
The scintillating form of Welshman Aaron Ramsey has kept Wilshere out of his favoured position many a time this season, with Wilshere being shoved out of the wing on a number of occasions.
Wilshere has been involved in a number of controversies this season: he was pictured smoking outside a nightclub in October, Wenger had to take internal action over that incident and when it was revealed that fellow wonderkid Adnan Januzaj would be eligible to play for England he was outspoken in his views of foreign players changing nationalities in order to play for the country of their choice.
Arsenal have moved on from these controversies and will be hoping to stay top of the table after this round of fixtures has finished.
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