By Chris Harris

End-of-season parties have had a bad press this week but Arsène Wenger is proud of how Arsenal mark the end of their campaign.

The Club's Annual Charity Ball takes place at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night and significant funds are expected to be raised for Arsenal's Charity of the Season, Centrepoint and the Arsenal Charitable Trust.

Birmingham City's players were criticised for organising a party just days before their fight for Premier League survival reaches its conclusion at Tottenham but Wenger and his squad will be out tonight and the Frenchman would not have it any other way.

"We have a charity event," he said. "The players had an end-of-season dinner last night with the staff and I haven’t heard anything that went badly.

"It is part of the season to have an end-of-season dinner - I find that personally good. Tonight we have a charity ball and we are quite proud to have that every year because we raise money for charity and therefore I think that is good.

"There is no room [for that] during the whole season - after that the players go on international duty. During December, January and February we played 27 games. There is no room at all so we have to do it at the end of the season."

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19 May 2011