Date: 23rd March 2010 at 6:17pm
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Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal today had their appeal against Thomas Vermaelen’s red card turned down by the FA.

Vermaelen was sent off in the match last Saturday after the linesmen flagged for an offence as he and West Ham’s Guillermo Franco tangled in the penalty area. The referee brandished a red card and awarded a penalty (that was subsequently saved by Almunia …. whooop).

The video replays showed that Franco hit the deck after very little contact, so Arsene and his staff decided to appeal in the hope of the Verminator being able to play against Birmingham this coming Saturday. Unsurprisingly, the ban was upheld.

‘At a Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen was dismissed,’ said the FA.

So that’s that then. Two old men at the back at the weekend?