Wenger banks on Mertesacker to collect fines
LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his faith in German economic efficiency on Tuesday by saying it was the reason why defender Per Mertesacker had become the club's debt collector.
Asked why the Germany international was responsible for rounding up fines from fellow players who fell foul of the club's internal disciplinary rules, Wenger joked: "The Germans do well economically and we respect that.
"They are the only ones that make money in Europe. That's why we've chosen a German," the Frenchman added of the 85-times capped Mertesacker.
Wenger found himself commenting on the Gunners' disciplinary policy after a document, printed on Arsenal headed paper, detailing a list of rules for players and the cash penalties if they were broken, appeared on the internet.