With Arsenal’s defence as fragile as ever, giant German centre-back Per Mertesacker hasn’t proved to be the enforcer most Gooners were hoping for… at least not on the pitch.
In the dressing room, the defender holds a position of considerable authority: collecting fines dished out to his team-mates.
A leaked version of Arsenal’s list of club fines reveals: “All Fines to be paid in cash to Per Mertesacker within 7 days of being posted.”
Mertesacker collects fines for offences including being late for travel, wearing the wrong kit on matchdays and failing to attend a match if you’re not playing.
However, he also has to deal with team-mates who bring a newspaper into the dressing room and those who fail to provide a urine sample for two consecutive weeks.