Arsenal have committed fewer fouls than any other side in the league, not that that is reflected in their card record.

Referee Stuart Atwell (L) shows a red card to Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (R) to send him off for fouling Chelsea's English striker Tammy Abraham during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on January 21, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Referee Stuart Atwell (L) shows a red card to Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (R) to send him off for fouling Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on January 21, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Arsenal have committed 279 fouls this season in the Premier League and are the only side in the division to have committed fewer than 300 fouls.

The next ‘best’ side is Everton on 303 with Manchester City on 307 and Leicester on 311.

Premier League fouls 20/21

Fulham 413
Sheffield Utd 372
Manchester Utd 369
Tottenham 363
Chelsea 360
Leeds United 354
Wolves 352
Brighton 350
Aston Villa 345
Southampton 338
Crystal Palace 330
Liverpool 322
West Brom 320
West Ham 319
Newcastle Utd 318
Burnley 318
Leicester City 311
Manchester City 307
Everton 303
Arsenal 279

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When it comes to yellow cards, however, Arsenal only need 6.5 fouls to pick one up, placing them fifth in the table which is, it should be noted, a significant improvement on recent seasons when Arsenal picked up a card, on average, every 4-or-so fouls and topped the charts.

At one point in the 19/20 season, Arsenal were getting a yellow every 3.2 fouls while Liverpool needed over 10 and Leicester over 14.

Fouls per yellow card

Newcastle Utd 5.6
Leicester City 6.0
Aston Villa 6.2
Everton 6.3
Arsenal 6.5
Sheffield Utd 6.5
Fulham 7.4
Manchester Utd 7.4
Leeds United 7.5
Wolves 7.8
Crystal Palace 7.9
Southampton 7.9
Tottenham 7.9
West Ham 8.0
West Brom 8.0
Burnley 8.2
Manchester City
8.5
Brighton 9.0
Liverpool 9.2
Chelsea 9.5

 

Arsenal really come into their own when it comes to red cards. They’ve had five this season, far more than any other side.

On average, Arsenal pick up a red card every 55.8 fouls whereas Leicester, Burnley, Manchester City haven’t had one at all this season and Manchester United have managed to average one red card every 369 fouls.

Fouls per red card

fouls per red reds
Arsenal 55.8 5
West Brom 80.0 4
Brighton 116.7 3
Sheffield Utd 124.0 3
Fulham 137.7 3
Everton 151.5 2
Newcastle Utd 159.0 2
Crystal Palace 165.0 2
Southampton 169.0 2
Aston Villa 172.5 2
Chelsea 180.0 2
Tottenham 181.5 2
West Ham 319.0 1
Wolves 352.0 1
Leeds United 354.0 1
Manchester Utd 369.0 1
Leicester City 311 0
Burnley 318 0
Manchester City 307 0
Liverpool 322 0

 

Now, I can hear you in the back.

Yes, I know it depends on what type of fouls are being made, but are we really going to sit here and agree that Arsenal are a dirtier team than Burnley, to take a random, kicky example?  Or Leeds? Or Leicester? Or even Tottenham who are one of the dirtiest, cheatiest teams in the league?

No, of course we’re not.

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