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Arsenal receives most red cards in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta took over despite fewest fouls

Arsenal team has received the most red cards in the Premier League, since Arteta’s first game in charge on Boxing Day 2019 against Bournemouth, despite committed the second fewest fouls.
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Arsenal players have been shown four red cards since the turn of this year, but Arteta feels his players are being unfairly treated.

The Gunners have seen red 12 times from 785 fouls since Arteta took over on Boxing Day 2019.

As a result, Arsenal receive a red card every 65.4 fouls – about 50 percent more than Bournemouth (98.5 fouls per red card).

Compared to Burnley, their red cards have been relatively rare. Since Boxing Day 2019, the Clarets have committed 804 fouls and not one red card has been shown.

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The severity of the incident must, however, be taken into consideration.

The Gunners also average one card every 5.73 fouls.

Manager Arteta has admitted that he has run out of ideas on how to stop his team seeing red so often.

But Arteta admitted to BT Sport: “I’ve run out of ideas I think.

“Wolves threw seven players up front and it was difficult to maintain a clean sheet but we defended the box extremely well.

“The character, how we dug in, the spirit we showed, I’m really proud of the boys. There was togetherness and unity.

“We need to play with 11 players in the last 16 games and that is key. To win games with 10 men is very unlikely.”

Of the 12 red cards Arsenal have been shown under Arteta in the league, just three have been straight dismissals for bad tackles. 

There have been two for violent conduct – Nicolas Pepe against Leeds and Xhaka against Burnley – while the rest were either for two yellow cards, professional fouls or deliberate handballs.

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