Enforcer: Leaked menu of Arsenal’s fines reveals ‘pay Per Mertesacker in cash’
The list of Arsenal fines was spotted and photographed on Emirates stadium tour, then leaked on Twitter, revealing big German as the debt enforcer
A list of players' fines at Arsenal has been leaked on Twitter - and Per Mertesacker revealed as the man who collects the money in cash for Arsene Wenger.
The fines list was snapped on a stadium tour and reveals an extensive catalogue of misdemeanours for which the players have to cough up cash. No wonder Arsene Wenger's short of players.
It's all fairly small stuff, but in case anyone thinks about letting it slide, the big German enforcer could come after you for the money.
On the evidence this season you'd barely have to break into a trot to outrun the lumbering Per, but you can imagine he's persistent.
Just when you thought you'd lost him and were tucking into a Nandos, the crash of the door and the telltale sound of his plodding boots...
It looks like Wilfried Zaha has had a lucky escape.
Arsene Wenger has not been best pleased by the leak.
According to a PA report, he has hit out a perceived lack of privacy within top-flight clubs.
The report continues: A visitor to Arsenal's training ground tweeted a picture detailing a list of fines the Gunners manager hands out to his players for a variety of offences - from tardiness to failure to wear appropriate clothing or footwear.
It is believed an Arsenal fan who is a friend of the Gunners' club doctor Gary O'Driscoll tweeted the picture following a visit to the club's training ground in London Colney.
"It's more disappointing than upsetting," the Arsenal manager said. "It's frustrating because I feel you have a right to privacy inside the dressing room.
"When that is not respected, it's disappointing. It was not malicious. It's more innocent.
"The intention counts for me and I don't think the intention behind that was anything bad. It's more disappointing than anything else."
Although Wenger was philosophical about the tweet, he is not content about what he sees as a general lack of privacy when it comes to coverage of leading football clubs like his own.
"I don't talk about what happens inside the club," said Wenger.
"We live in a world that you do not have to come into our sleeping room to know exactly what happens.
"It becomes a little bit ridiculous now that every single moment of a football club has to be absolutely public and explained. We have to stand up for our bad performances, but not for everything that goes on at the club."
Wenger did manage to crack a joke about the whole episode, however, when he revealed that German defender Per Mertesacker is his debt collector.
"The Germans do well economically and we respect that," the Frenchman said with a smile.
"They are the only ones that make money in Europe. That's why we've chosen a German."
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