Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals who Arsenal’s fine issuer is
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals that Per Mertesacker is Arsenal's fine issuer
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that Per Mertesacker is tasked with issuing fines to the Arsenal squad – because the German is “too efficient” to be late for training himself.
The World Cup winner was appointed vice-captain by manager Arsene Wenger over the summer and Oxlade-Chamberlain says that Mertesacker is always on hand to keep the Arsenal squad in check.
“Per is the enforcer,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s website.
“He’s the fines master so he keeps everyone in check and he’s always issuing fines to make sure that people are on time.
“He’s open to dispute as well! He’s got his own little committee and you can voice your argument if you think you were late for a good enough reason. Usually his final word rules and he doesn’t get fined because he’s never late. He’s too efficient!
“He’s got me with a few. Being late for meetings, dinner, breakfast in hotels, being late into training, using my phone in the wrong areas of the training ground – there’s a lot of fines like that.
“They’re pretty straightforward but it’s really important that we all keep our time and keep our standards high. Per makes sure he stays on top of everyone in that respect.”