By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger admits that his team's disciplinary record has taken a turn for the worse and he has pledged to improve it.
Arsenal have been shown four red cards in 12 Premier League games so far this season with Jack Wilshere, Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny (twice) all receiving their marching orders. Only one of those - Wilshere - was sent off for a dangerous challenge but Arsenal's behaviour is back under the microscope after Cesc Fabregas was booked for a late tackle against Wolves in midweek.
It should be noted that Arsenal are regulars at the right end of the Fair Play table and Wenger wants normal service resumed as soon as possible.
"I can’t deny we have a bad record, the only thing I can say [is] we will try to improve it," said the manager.
"If you look at our record in the last four or five years we had always a good record and we are not there [low in the Fair Play table] on purpose because we want to kick people. We will improve it.
"It’s a bit down to bad luck as well because if you look at the number of fouls we make it’s not spectacular. But we have been punished severely and we can only look at ourselves and try to improve it."
Arsenal have had some rough treatment in recent years but Wenger does not accept that his players have had to be more physical as a result.
"No I believe we want to be committed in the challenges but we do not want red cards," he said. "Physical doesn’t mean that you want red cards. I think we have to look at the situation and what we do and we want to improve our record."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 12 Nov 2010