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.
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!”
Wenger on Mertesacker the ‘debt collector’: ‘The Germans are very good economically, that is why we chose a German!’ #AFCvWHU
— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) January 22, 2013
“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|