Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has brought in a brand new member into the Arsenal family at London Colney – a chocolate Labrador dog named Win.
The Times describes the pooch as the Spaniard’s ‘latest signing’, and she has been brought into the club to boost the morale of the players, staff and everyone else at London Colney.
The mood around Arsenal has been really good all season, and this should make it even better.
Arsenal’s ‘latest signing’ is a dog named Win, a chocolate Labrador
Mikel Arteta has unique ways to get the best out of his squad.
From lightbulbs in the changing room to You’ll Never Walk Alone playing loudly during training, the Gunners boss has always been willing to go to lengths for his side.
His latest move is to bring in a chocolate Labrador named Win, who is well and truly a part of the Arsenal family at London Colney now.
“We always talk about family, and being connected,” Arteta told Arsenal.com. “A big family like we are at the club, and I feel like we are a family, we need a dog to represent that family. I think there are still things at the club that can be done to connect with people. To be more caring with people, to show love.
“I carefully chose the dog and, in my opinion, it’s the perfect representative of who we are right now. Her name is Win, we all love winning and Win needs a lot of love. So the love for Win, that was basically the feeling.
“The reaction from the players and the staff has been incredible, she is one of us. She is going to be on this journey with us together. It’s something that changes your mood like this [clicks fingers]. She gives you all the love and suddenly you feel the energy of the place. It’s just beautiful and to me those things are very important.”
There’s also a cat named Bob
Win is a new member of the Arsenal family, but Bob the cat has been around for a while.
The Times reports that Arsenal adopted the cat when his owner passed away. He has been at London Colney since, but Win isn’t ‘fazed’ by Bob at all, says the outlet.
The other important symbol at the club is an olive tree that Arteta says has been around for over 150 years. He says everyone has to look after the tree and provide it with a lot of care.
“Another symbol at the club is our tree,” Arteta said. “It needs a lot of care as well. It’s an olive tree, it’s older than 150 years, similar to the club, and we have to look after those roots every single day, make sure they don’t get poisoned, don’t get damaged and it’s in the right condition.”