Prior to adopted his guard dog in 2021, Mikel Arteta had two family dogs at home.
In April 2023, Mikel Arteta added a Chocolate Labrador named Win to football club Arsenal’s training ground to boost morale. Win lives with their owner, who is part of the team’s staff. Win is taken to the training ground a few times a week to roam around and just be a very good girl to inspire the team. Like the footballers, Win has her own schedule for exercise and is also treated to fine cuisine (her favourite is grilled chicken)
March 26, 1982 (41)
Mikel Arteta is a former professional Spanish soccer player turned coach who has made a significant impact in the world of soccer. He is currently the head coach of Arsenal FC, one of the most successful and well-known soccer clubs in the English Premier League. Throughout his career, Arteta has demonstrated a deep passion for the sport and a commitment to excellence, both on and off the field.
Arteta’s breakout role came during his time as a player for Arsenal. He played for the club from 2011 to 2016 and was a key member of the team during his tenure. He was known for his skillful playmaking abilities and his leadership on the field. Arteta was instrumental in helping Arsenal win the FA Cup in both 2014 and 2015, as well as the Community Shield in 2014.
Following his retirement from playing in 2016, Arteta began his coaching career. He first served as an assistant coach for Manchester City, one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world. During his time there, he worked closely with legendary coach Pep Guardiola and helped the club win multiple trophies, including the Premier League title.
In December 2019, Arteta was appointed as the head coach of Arsenal, a position he has held ever since. In his first season, he led the team to victory in the FA Cup, marking his third win in the competition as a player and coach. He has also implemented a new style of play and has focused on developing young talent within the club.
Over the years, Arteta has had the opportunity to rub shoulders with football magnates, both on and off the field. His interactions with individuals like Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger, David Moyes, and players like Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Patrick Vieira, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Phil Foden, among others, have been a rich source of exchange and mutual growth.
Arteta has shown a passion for animal welfare and has been involved in various animal non-profit organizations. He has been an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and has worked to raise awareness for the conservation of endangered species. He has also been involved in supporting animal shelters and adoption programs, and has been a vocal advocate for responsible pet ownership.