£20,000 paid for a date with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

11:04 17 May 2012

£20,000 was paid for a private dinner with this man, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

£20,000 was paid for a private dinner with this man, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Charitable donors paid out a cool £20,000 for a private dinner with Arsene Wenger at the club’s charity ball.

The Emirates Stadium gala also saw rappers Rizzle Kicks, who live in Holloway, put on a performance.

More than £250,000 was raised, mostly by auction, and the date with Wenger was one of the hottest lots of the night, eventually going to a table of fans.

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun splashed out £5,000 for the signed shirt his captain Robin van Persie wore as he scored his 100th goal for the club, while the Dutchman himself scooped a signed boot from Thierry Henry for £13,000.

Defender Per Mertesacker, meanwhile, secured a VIP trip to a wildlife park.

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive, said: “The generosity shown by our supporters, players, manager and staff meant we raised more money than our wildest expectations.”

The event was held on Thursday last week in aid of the Arsenal Foundation and Save the Children.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 15:13
The cyclist was killed by a lorry in Richmond (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

A cyclist has died this afternoon from injuries sustained in a crash with a bin lorry in Richmond during rush-hour yesterday morning.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:14
The 174 bus collided with a house in Harold Hill (Picture by Dani Walsh)

A double-decker bus rolled backwards down a hill and crashed into a house in east London yesterday afternoon.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00
Chrissie Wellington tweeted about the theft

A brazen cycle thief was caught on camera breaking into an office in south London and stealing Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington’s prized triathlon bike.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more