Saturday 27 December 2014

Wenger opts for some German efficiency as Arsenal fines revealed

Jamie Holland

Published 23/01/2013 | 05:00

A LIST of players' fines at Arsenal has been leaked on Twitter, with German international Per Mertesacker revealed as the man who collects the money, which must be paid in cash, for manager Arsene Wenger.

A document, printed on Arsenal headed paper, detailing a list of rules for Wenger's players and the cash penalty for breaking them, has gone viral on the internet after a fan took a photo of the fines sheet during a tour of the club's training ground before posting it on a file-sharing website.

The list of fines include £1,000 for players not turning up for matches they are not involved in, £500 for arriving late for travel or training, £250 for not turning up on time to a team meeting or meal and £100 for taking a newspaper, laptop or phone into the medical area or dressing-room.

The Arsenal boss even lays down the law over the clothing worn by his players, with £100 docked for items deemed inappropriate.

Responding to news of the leak, Wenger hit out a lack of privacy in today's world.

"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. But 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," he added.

"We live in a world that you do not have to come into our sleeping room to know exactly what happens.

ridiculous

"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."

On a lighter note, Wenger did manage to crack a joke about the whole episode, when he explained why he had chosen 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 him."

Irish Independent

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