New Arsenal kit from Tesco

ARSENE Wenger has revealed Arsenal’s entire kit cost him just £200 from the Highbury branch of Tesco.

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The frugal trophy-dodger has insisted that expenditure has nothing to do with winning trophies and feels his decision to get the players to compete in black plimsolls rather than expensive boots will have no adverse effect on results.

Wenger said: “These new kits are just the same as the pricey ones only they haven’t got some fancy logo on them to hike up the cost.

“As I keep reminding the squad, it’s not a bloody fashion parade. Tesco didn’t have any tops left in red but black doesn’t show up the muck as much so it’s probably for the best.

“The waste of money in this game is absolutely shocking – I can’t believe the amount we chucked away on that isotonic rubbish last season when there’s a tap full of perfectly good water in the changing rooms. From now on anything over a tenner has to be okayed by me.”

The club’s fixtures for the 2012/13 season have been handed to the firm Megabus to calculate the cheapest fares to the Emirates. Wenger himself has spent several evenings on the Easyjet website looking at deals for their European matches.

Fans have questioned the austerity drive, pointing to the £300M Wenger has in the club’s ISA account.

When asked why the season ticket prices have steadily risen to the equivalent cost of a two-bedroom flat overlooking the ground, without any of the money being spent on the squad, Wenger made vague references to the prices of heating and lighting the stadium before changing the subject.

Wenger added: “I’ve never held with being a flash Harry myself, so the players can go and live with that Mr Mancini if that’s the kind of thing they want, which this letter I’ve got from Van Persie seems to suggest they do.”