Here’s a statistics table that will truly befuddle Danny Murphy: Arsenal, the side most-often associated with “beautiful, free-flowing football” are currently at the very bottom of the disciplinary league in the Premiership, with 4 red cards and 25 yellow ones. Only two places above them are West Brom, another side hailed for their football by the pundits this season, who are the only other team with such a high number of red cards.

For comparison, the “physical, dirty football sides” like Blackburn and Stoke are 13th and 14th, which is closer to mid-table that the bottom. In fact, both sides have only 2 red cards between them.

So what does it say about the labels these teams receive from the media? Bias and tinted glasses is the only real answer. As this table shows, regardless of what style of play you want to peg teams like Stoke and Blackburn at, they play their game mostly cleanly. Certainly a lot cleaner than the “beautiful” Arsenal, who actually have one of the highest red-card counts for the past number of years.

Then again, maybe it doesn’t pay to be better disciplined. Both WBA and Arsenal are higher in the league table (the one that matters) than the “dirty” teams, while the cleanest team, Fulham, is near the relegation zone. Chelsea are supremely balanced in the disciplinary league at 10th, which is probably the best place to be.


2 Responses to “Arsenal worst disciplinary record in the Premiership”

  1. maxp on January 20th, 2011 11:13 am

    Maybe it’s more a sign of retaliation from players that can’t be caught being kicked up in the air all of the time.

  2. Bill Johnson on May 6th, 2011 9:16 am

    No mate!!!!! u are wrong!!!!!!!!

    hahahahahaha lmao

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