We had been tracking yellow cards all season so how did the table stand when the league was suspended?

Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal speak to referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal speak to referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

For the majority of the season, Arsenal sat on top of the yellow card table. They picked up more yellows than any other side, needed fewer fouls to receive a booking and picked up more bookings per game than any other team in the Premier League. In was most peculiar with, at one point, Liverpool and Leicester needing to commit TEN times more fouls than Arsenal to get a card.

Then we got rid of Unai Emery and things started to change.

As you can see in the table below, Arsenal had dropped to third place, behind Bournemouth and Spurs in terms of the number of fouls they needed to make to receive a card and number of yellows per game, before global football came to a shuddering halt.

Arsenal, however, have played one game fewer than the two sides above them.

It’s also worth noting the geographical location of three of the four sides with more than 60 yellows this season and comparing that with where most refs come from…

games fouls yellow FPY YPG
Bournemouth 29 269 61 4.410 2.10
Tottenham 29 296 65 4.554 2.24
Arsenal 28 307 65 4.723 2.32
Man City 28 283 55 5.145 1.96
Norwich 29 279 53 5.264 1.83
Newcastle 29 276 52 5.308 1.79
Watford 29 350 65 5.385 2.24
West Ham 29 300 55 5.455 1.90
Chelsea 29 291 53 5.491 1.83
Burnley 29 323 58 5.569 2.00
Man United 29 320 56 5.714 1.93
Everton 29 346 59 5.864 2.03
Sheffield United 28 303 51 5.941 1.82
Aston Villa 28 327 55 5.945 1.96
Brighton 29 288 47 6.128 1.62
Wolves 29 316 49 6.449 1.69
Crystal Palace 29 317 48 6.604 1.66
Southampton 29 355 44 8.068 1.52
Liverpool 29 242 26 9.308 0.90
Leicester 29 308 33 9.333 1.14
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FPY = fouls per yellow
YPG – yellows per game
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