Arsenal’s 100 red cards during Arsène Wenger’s reign

Wojciech Szczęsny became the recipient of Arsenal’s 100th red card during Arsène Wenger’s reign as Arsenal manager on Wednesday night when he was dismissed during the Gunners’ 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.

Here is a full list of those red cards:

Arsenal 100 red cards under Arsene Wenger

Some interesting stats from the table above:

1 – Francis Jeffers is the only player to be sent off in a Community Shield game for Arsène Wenger’s side.

2 – Wojciech Szczęsny is only the second goalkeeper to receive a red card during the Wenger era.  Both have been in the Champions League – the other being Jens Lehmann’s in the 2006 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

3 – Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven have benefited the most from Arsenal’s indiscipline in Europe with the Gunners receiving 3 red cards against each of these sides.

3 – 19 February and 7 November are the dates Arsenal have received 3 red cards cumulatively over the years.

9 – Arsenal have had nine players sent off in matches against Manchester United in all competitions.

10 – Patrick Vieira has been sent off on the most occasions.

12 – Arsenal received a season-high 12 red cards under Wenger during their double-winning season of 2001-02.

42 – There have been 42 different teams to benefit from an Arsenal red card.

50 – Exactly 50 different players have received a red card.

66 – Arsène Wenger’s side have received 66 of these red cards in the Premier League.

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20 Comments

  1. Thanks for this list, it’s great!
    As an aside, would it be possible to add some further contextual data – for example, how many of these were straight reds as opposed to two yellows? Can we add the time in the match of the sending off?
    Cheers!

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  2. Definitely something to be very proud of, an awesome milestone and not one that many managers have accomplished. In fact there is a decent question in itself, has any other manager ever achieved this during a single reign of a football team?

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  3. Thanks for your comments guys 🙂

    @Split Mersonality – At the risk of the table going off the page with the added details, I will add the data you requested within 24 hours (and the match results).

    Regards,

    Barrie

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  4. How does this compare with other clubs over the same period.
    Am I not right in thinking that Arsenal have also won another award, The FairPlay Award on a number of occasions ? This is awarded for the team receiving the fewest hallow and red cards.
    Could it be that producing a comparison with other teams in the premier league or mentioning anything positive about Arsenal would not go well with the researchers who are attempting to dig up the dirt on this great club

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  5. Cracking list, been thinking about the sending’s off recently. Probably too much to ask, but would like to know how the games went after the reds were pulled out.

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  6. @Mike Walsh

    “How does this compare with other clubs over the same period.”
    I haven’t collected all the red card data for other Premier League clubs in cup competitions, but since the start of the Premier League, only Blackburn Rovers and Everton have picked up more red cards than Arsenal.

    “Am I not right in thinking that Arsenal have also won another award, The FairPlay Award on a number of occasions ? This is awarded for the team receiving the fewest yellow and red cards.”

    Yes Arsenal have won the Fair Play Award, including only just last season.

    “Could it be that producing a comparison with other teams in the premier league or mentioning anything positive about Arsenal would not go well with the researchers who are attempting to dig up the dirt on this great club”

    My intention was not to “dig up dirt” on Arsenal but rather highlight the Century mark of red cards picked up under Arsene Wenger.

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  7. Pointless comparing with other clubs, lost count how many times Paul Scholes got away without any type of card let alone a red one.

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  8. I wonder why referees go against Arsenal when the players do not do bad fouls. for example, S. Gerard should have been sent off in Arsenal vs Liverpool FA cup tie at the Emirates. Arsenal should use more England players to escape such challenges.

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  9. Fantastic job Barrie!

    I wonder what the is impact of the red cards. In those 100 games what are the numbers of wins/draws/losses? Is the ratio really worse than in a regular season?

    Another question comes to mind: are red cards indicative of grit and performance, i.e did we perform better or worse in the seasons we got more red cards than average?

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  10. Thank you @MattH,

    I will let you or somebody else work out whether the red cards were because of grit… or foul play 😉

    The highest number of red cards received in a single season was 12 in 2001-02 – Arsenal won the double that year!

    Barrie

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  11. 12 of those red cards in the champions league. Has around 12% of Arsenals games been in Champions League… Interesting to know given how contentious many of those memranle CL red cards gave been.

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  12. No.15 on the list `Martin Keown against Sheff Wed’ was rescinded by the FA. so this list should feature 99 red cards.

    Also, the comparison with other clubs is flawed as only PL matches are counted – if Championship / League One matches were included – I wonder where clubs such as West Ham / Fulham / Stoke / Birmingham / Newcastle / Middlesbro would feature.

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