We had been tracking yellow cards all season so how did the table stand when the league was suspended?
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…
FPY = fouls per yellow
YPG – yellows per game