MIKEL ARTETA has become the latest high-profile name to invest in a guard dog to protect his home from raiders.
SunSport exclusively revealed in May how many footballers are purchasing guard dogs after Tottenham star Dele Alli's house was broken into by knife-wielding thugs.
The Arsenal boss has been snapped posing next to a Dutch Shepherd, which has been provided by Elite Protection Dogs.
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According to the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old forked out £20,000 on the canine to protect his family from intruders ahead of the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
Elite Protection Dogs – an 'exclusive dogs for exclusive people' service – also sold Arteta's former team-mate Jack Wilshere a dog two weeks ago.
On the firm's website, they comment on how they raise the dogs, as they said: "From the age of 12 weeks we start to train our dogs, seven days a week, with the best dog specialists and cynologists our company has to offer.
"They get minimal correction in order to prevent negative psychological effects and to encourage their instincts.
"At the end of the day, they return to our loving families, employed to give them the balance of work and affection they need.
"This allows them to grow with exposure to a family lifestyle and put their training into use."
▪️Another happy customer! It was pleasure to provide @jackwilshere with his new pet/best friend/home protector…
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Arteta joins Marcus Rashford in having a guard dog, with the Manchester United forward's team-mates Paul Pogba and Phil Jones also having protective canines.
Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Tripper is another player that has opted to purchase a guard dog, with Chaperone K9 showing off his new rottweiler on Instagram.
Leicester duo Hamza Choudhury and Jamie Vardy also have dogs from the firm, along with British rapper Stormzy.
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