It has been reported that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unhappy with the two-match ban for Jack Wilshere.
Wenger understands Arsenal have little choice now but to take the punishment, the French coach feels referees should follow the letter of the law when confronting all instances of indiscipline.
Wilshere admitted a retrospective misconduct charge after television cameras showed the England international raising his middle finger in the direction of Manchester City supporters during the second half of the 6-3 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
“We thought the ban was one game and that is why we appealed. It is two, we have to accept it and to swallow it,” Wenger said.
“He was wrong in his reaction, 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.
Wenger added: “Do you want unfair behaviours to be punished? Yes.
“The players adapt, they are intelligent people. They always test the border, how far can I go? They look at others and see how the referee responds and they adapt.
“If the referees are consistent in doing that, they will stop it but you want consistency.”