Arsenal have had their fair share of red cards. Furthermore, some might say that we’ve had our unfair share of them in massive games over the years. The Champions League final stands out, but not too far ahead of other Cup-based red cards which Arsenal have also suffered.[quote_right]”It’s not a pretty milestone - but it’s a milestone nonetheless…”[/quote_right]
On the 19th February 2014 however, Arsenal recieved their 100th red card under Arsene Wenger, as Wojciech Szczęsny 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.
It’s not a pretty milestone - but it’s a milestone nonetheless.
You may have also noticed that I titled this post, “Arsenal’s First 100 Red Cards Under Arsene Wenger”. Becuase you can guarantee that Szczesney’s won’t be the last - especially not where big games are concerned.
So here it is, in all its shame:
[title]Some Fun Facts[/title]
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.
65 – Arsène Wenger’s side have received 65 of these red cards in the Premier League.