By Chris Harris

There are three reasons why Arsenal’s disciplinary record has improved, according to Arsène Wenger.

The early years of the Frenchman’s 14-year reign were sprinkled with red cards with Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit among those who incurred the wrath of referees.

Times have changed to such an extent that Arsenal did not receive a single red card in between their Premier League trips to Tottenham in 2009 and 2010 when Emmanuel Eboue and then Thomas Vermaelen were dismissed for two bookable offences.

Wenger was asked why he thought Arsenal’s discipline was so much better when he faced the media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Birmingham.

“We have a different type of game and players now. And also we are less provoked,” he replied.

“Patrick Vieira was provoked, but him and Petit never kicked first anybody – and I can show you how they were provoked.

“They got some horrendous tackles and of course they didn’t like it and didn’t let the others do it. But they never injured anybody.”

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15 Oct 2010