‘The Germans are good economically’, Arsene Wenger on why Per Mertesaker is his debt collector after Arsenal fine system leaked

Life at the top end of world football is one of glamour and ceremony but a photograph leaked this week of the list of offences that rub Arsene Wenger up the wrong way, such as bringing a newspaper into the dressing room, show it’s more like a classroom than a day spa at Arsenal’s training ground.

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And if you have a problem with it you’ll have to explain to Wenger’s enforcer, the 6’6″ Per Mertesaker who the manager has employed to collect the fines.

Today Wenger explained his reason for choosing Mertesaker, “The Germans are very good economically, that is why we chose a German!”


“The pictures are genuine. We understand that they were taken by a friend of a member of staff during a private visit to the training ground,” an Arsenal spokesperson said confirming the leak.

“The manager was made aware of the picture being published and we are very disappointed. We will review our procedures.”

The list of misdemeanours range from punctuality to dresscode and the fines stretch from £100 to £1000 depending on severity and are doubled if not paid in the first week.

The list of fines went public when a fan posted a a series of photo on Reddit on Saturday afternoon.

Non attendance of unused players at Home matches without permission of manager £1000
Late for training <15 mins £250, >15 mins £500
Late for treatment/massage <15 mins £250, >15 mins £500
Late for travel £500
Late for match day meetings / meals £250
Wrong kit on match days £100
Inappropriate clothing outside of the dressing room £100
Outdoor shoes in the dressing room £100
Newspapers, laptops and phones in the medical room £100
Newspapers in dressing room £100
Non production of urine sample for two consecutive weeks £200
Phone calls in the building (texting allowed) £500
No participating in commercial activities (including Club Day) £500


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