£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

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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.

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