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Key Arsenal player joins Kai Havertz as suspension concern ahead of Chelsea and Newcastle tests

Key Arsenal player joins Kai Havertz as suspension concern ahead of Chelsea and Newcastle tests

Arsenal’s intense focus on winning as many games as possible in the league has caused them to overlook the potential issue of accumulating suspensions in just eight matches.

The period between the October international break and Christmas seems to be when most players are likely to face game suspensions.

In the Premier League, if a player accumulates five yellow cards in separate games, they are required to sit out the next match.

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There’s an exception to this rule, as demonstrated by Tottenham’s Yves Bissouma, who received his fifth yellow card of the season at Luton Town. However, two of those were in the same game, resulting in a red card and a one-match suspension.

Effectively, Bissouma is currently on four yellow cards and just one card away from missing another game.

Arsenal has managed to avoid red cards in their matches, with the exception of Takehiro Tomiyasu’s red card at Crystal Palace, for the majority of the past 18 months.

In contrast to their troubled history of suspensions at the beginning of Mikel Arteta’s tenure, Arsenal has managed to significantly reduce the occurrence of suspensions, and they even went through the entire last season without receiving a single suspension.

Nevertheless, a few players, such as Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba, came perilously close to suspension but fortunately managed to avoid it before the winter deadline when the rule of accumulating five yellow cards and facing suspension ceased.

In the current season, there aren’t many players in danger of reaching that five-card threshold. As they prepare to face Chelsea next week, only one player stands on the brink of receiving their fourth yellow card, putting them just one more caution away from missing a game.

If this player receives a yellow card in both the Chelsea and Sheffield United matches, they would be forced to sit out the crucial match against Newcastle. The player in question is Kai Havertz.

Although Kai Havertz has been facing challenges with form and hasn’t been contributing many goals, with the exception of the last two league games, he hasn’t had a problem accumulating yellow cards.

His previous bookings against Crystal Palace, Tottenham, and Bournemouth are the main reasons for this, and he even received a yellow card against Manchester City in the Community Shield.

This further underscores the presence of this characteristic in his style of play.

However, it’s important to note that the yellow card he received in the Community Shield doesn’t count toward his total according to the rules.

The only other player in the Premier League who has received more than one yellow card is Gabriel Jesus.

As previously mentioned, the Brazilian came close to reaching the five-card limit last season, which is unsurprising given his aggressive style of play.

Arsenal and Arteta would certainly prefer not to have this concern, but the upcoming series of matches is likely to place greater emphasis on player discipline and avoiding suspensions.

Key Arsenal player joins Kai Havertz as suspension concern ahead of Chelsea and Newcastle tests

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