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5 Reasons Why Arsenal Would Not Miss Jack Wilshere Against Chelsea, West Ham United

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere Would Not Be Missed Against Chelsea And West Ham: 5 Reasons Why

Photo courtesy of Jack Wilshere’s official Facebook page

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will be serving a two-match ban for his rude hand gesture to Manchester City’s heckling fans last week at the Etihad. The English Football Association confirmed on Thursday evening that Arsenal’s appeal for a reduction in the charge to a single game had been rejected. FA Chairman Greg Dyke felt that Wilshere should have handled the situation in a mature manner given the player’s experience in the Premier League. The ban means that the midfielder will be missing both of the upcoming London derbies his team plays during the next week. Missing out on a player of Wilshere’s ability and prowess might usually be a cause of concern for any lineup, but the suspension should not disrupt Arsene Wenger’s strategies too much and it might even play into the manager’s rotation policy leading up to a hectic and congested schedule.

Wilshere has been an important feature of Wenger’s game plans this season and has occasionally eclipsed his teammates with both individual brilliance and textbook teamwork. His exploits against Marseille in the UCL tie at the Emirates reminded the country of his importance to Roy Hodgson’s plans for the World Cup in Brazil next year and the PlayStation-like goal he scored against Norwich City in collaboration with Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla earlier in the season was rated by Wenger as one of the best he had seen during his time at Arsenal.

Wenger has used Wilshere both in the attacking and defending positions of his midfield this season and the boss should not have much trouble seeing off Chelsea and West Ham. Let us take a look at five reasons why Wilshere might not be missed in these key clashes either side of Christmas.

Chaitanya Goparaju is a Soccer writer for You can follow him on Twitter @chaitanyagvc.

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5. Midfield Strength

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Barring Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal's midfield is fit and functioning like a well-oiled machine. If Aaron Ramsey and Giroud get back to their goal-scoring ways and Mesut Ozil continues to find the net, Arsenal should have no trouble in establishing an early advantage and controlling the game. With Wilshere missing, the likes of Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky would relish the opportunity of extra game time and strive to contribute to the team’s score sheet and cause selection headaches for the boss – a problem he would love to have.

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4. Strong Defense Which Has Been Key To This Season's Form

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Take away the defeat at City and Arsenal have the best defensive numbers in the league this season. Teams like Arsenal rarely get hit for a galore of goals twice in succession and the defense should get back to its best in the next week. Chelsea's strikers' shyness to score might be of help too!

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3. Return Of Lukas Podolski From Injury

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The prospect of German forward Lukas Podolski returning to action, after a lengthy lay-off from injury, would surely lift the spirit of the team and its supporters and reduce the impact of Wilshere’s absence. Podolski showed good promise before he was injured and if he manages to stay fit the rest of the season and score important goals, it might turn out to be the best Christmas present for the entire team.

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2. A Refreshing Eight Day Break

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The Gunners’ failure to defeat Chelsea in their Capital Cup Cup tie earlier this season has proved to be a blessing in disguise as they enjoy a much needed eight-day break between League matches ahead of a grueling schedule after missing out physically against City last week.

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1. Giroud's Love For London

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Giroud has scored six of his seven league goals this season in London and there is something about the city that brings out the best in him. Arsenal fans would love to see him continue this fine form in the capital.