Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta invested in a large guard dog just before their FA Cup Final win over Chelsea to protect his home from potential intruders.
The Spaniard was photographed with a £20,000 Dutch Shepherd provided by Elite Protection Dogs, who provide an ‘exclusive dogs for exclusive people’ service.
The Gunners coach moved to London in December after accepting the manager’s role at the north London club, having previously lived in Manchester due to his assistant manager’s role at Manchester City.
Arteta is the latest big Premier League name to invest in a guard dog to improve security in their homes.
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who now plays for Premier League rivals West Ham United, also uses Elite Protection Dogs, having invested in a new large safety hound two weeks ago.
French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who captains Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, spent £15,000 on a Belgian Shepherd guard dog just weeks after Spurs team-mate Dele Alli was held at knife point by intruders earlier this summer.
Manchester United star Paul Pogba also spent a similar fee on a guard dog from specialist protection firm Chaperone K9, who have also provided dogs to Red Devils team-mates Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish also used Chaperone K9 to buy a Belgian Malinois back in May, while reports say that England internationals Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have also hired the security hounds.
Meanwhile, Everton forward Moise Kean hired two guard dogs, worth £15,000 each, in June due to a spate of thefts in footballers’ homes in the UK.
Chaperone K9 chief Richard Arnold said earlier this year: ‘Footballers are obviously targeted individuals.
‘They want something that when they go away will keep their family safe.
‘They’re not aggressive animals in the slightest — until called upon.’