I'd be a bit of a hypocrite if I didn't say that Jack Wilshere's tackle on Nikola Zigic was out of order.
After all, if it had happened to an Arsenal player I have no doubt I would be doing my nut.
The only reason I can think of for Wilshere making the 'challenge' on Zigic was that he was looking for a little bit of revenge.
Earlier in the game, despite it seeming impossible because of the height difference, the Serbians shoulder had connected with Jack's face.
This is no excuse though.
Wilshere's tackle was wrong, plain and simple, but at least he admitted it and apologised.
And guess what? Arsene Wenger admitted the red card was the right decision. He doesn't suffer from myopia all the time as suggested.
Of course tackles like this are becoming the scourge of our game. It seems every week a bad challenge is being made. We Gooners should know, it usually happens to an Arsenal player.
From my point of view it couldn't have happened at a worse time for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger either.
Wilshere's sending-off for a rash tackle will give the likes of Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce some much needed ammo to have yet another dig at us.
The Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers mugs/manager don't need an excuse to have a pop and I have no doubt that in the next week or so there will be some bleating coming from their direction in one form or another.
While none of us are defending Jack Wilshere I do believe that Arsenal cannot win.
If we are kicked off the park then we are too soft but the minute we kick back then we are hypocrites and cannot moan about being booted around the pitch.
That's not to say I agree with what Wilshere did though.
Jack will learn from this. It seems he has that 'nasty' side to his game, a bit like Dennis Bergkamp, which I suppose is a good thing. He can look after himself. But it has to be in the right way.
How do you stop the naughty tackles though? I suppose the only thing the referee can do is send players off but is that going to be enough?
How do you prove intent in a tackle? How do you prove that a player deliberately wanted to hurt someone?
It's so tough.
I've seen the idea bandied about that if a players commits a dangerous tackle, injures a player, and the injured party is out for a long time, then he should be banned for the amount of time that person is injured for.
Maybe this the way forward. At the very least these reckless tackles should be punished by being banned for a long period of time. In my opinion at least a five match suspension.
Nobody wants tackling to be outlawed. It is an art unto itself. Like passing, shooting. A skilled attribute to have. What we want is the recklessness squeezed out from the game.
What Wilshere did was reckless and luckily for him, Arsenal, Wenger and us, a bone wasn't broken in Zigic's ankle. Or we, and the Birmingham striker, would be fucked.
See the difference though? At least we accept that Wilshere was in the wrong.
Keep it Goonerish............