Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has criticised Arsenal’s disciplinary record ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Gunners counterpart Arsene Wenger has publicly question the Potters’ approach in the past, accusing them of turning the game into “rugby”.
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross will be making his first appearance at the Emirates since being involved in a challenge that broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg earlier this year, and tensions will be running high.
But Pulis insists people have the wrong perception of his side and pointed out that the Gunners have already received more cards, 35 yellow and four red, than his team.
He said: “We go into a game here where Arsenal have more red and yellow cards and have committed more fouls, yet you speak to the layman and it's 'Bad old Stoke going to the Emirates'. But the facts don't back up that story.”
Wenger has responded to Pulis’ comments, saying: “He's right. We've got more yellow cards.
“It's surprising about our yellow cards. Like the other night (against Manchester United) we picked up yellow cards but I thought it was a fair game.”