By Matt Fortune
When the domestic season resumes on Saturday, a suspension will
force the hand of Arsène Wenger for only the second time this
Cesc Fabregas picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign against Reading, adding to those received against Portsmouth, Bolton, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Under FA rules, the Spaniard is automatically ruled out of the Premier League clash against struggling Wigan at Emirates Stadium.
Fabregas' ban is the exception rather than the rule for
Arsenal this season, illustrating that their rise to the top of the
table has been achieved in a fair and just manner.
Fabregas' midfield partner Mathieu Flamini (three bookings) and striker Eduardo (two) are the only other players to have amassed more than one caution. Philippe Senderos remains the only player to have been dismissed, against Portsmouth.
Below is a comprehensive summary of Arsenal's discipline this season.
One Yellow Card: Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, Tomas Rosicky, Robin van Persie, Alex Hleb, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboue
Two Yellow Cards: Eduardo
Three Yellow Cards: Mathieu Flamini
Five Yellow Cards: Cesc Fabregas