Arsenal playmaker Wilshere reacted to children jibes

Reuters| Updated: Dec 24, 2013, 23:23 PM IST

London: The abusive hand gesture Jack Wilshere directed at Manchester City fans this month was a reaction to jibes about his children, the Arsenal and England midfielder explained on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old said he regretted his reaction, which resulted in a two-game suspension, and he would have to learn his lesson.

"Suppose I will just have to take the abuse about my kids in future," Wilshere said on his Twitter account.

"Anyway, one more game to go! Can`t wait to be back."

Having missed second-placed Arsenal`s goalless draw with Chelsea on Monday, Wilshere will complete his ban by sitting out Thursday`s Premier League visit to West Ham United.

The player will be back for the match at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Arsenal were beaten 6-3 by City at the Etihad Stadium on December 14.