STEVE SIDWELL fears Premier League players will soon need bodyguards just to go shopping.
And he revealed petrified stars are paying up to £25,000 for specially trained dogs to protect them — with retired striker Bobby Zamora one of the first to invest.
5 Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have 24-hour K9 security after getting caught up in North London gang war
5 Steve Sidwell has revealed stars shell out £25,000 for security in the form of dogs
5 A patrol dog is taken around the perimeter of Mesut Ozil's house alongside his normal securityCredit: ISO Images
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have security guards and dogs patrolling their homes after being caught in a gang feud.
The two Arsenal players were attacked by knife-wielding car-jackers in North London last month, with Kolasinac chasing off the thugs.
It is understood that two men were arrested last Thursday after an altercation with their security staff – but the two stars will miss more matches.
Former Aston Villa and Fulham midfielder Sidwell warned: “A lot of the players have these dogs and on one command they’re on the attack.
“Bobby was one of the first to get one and asked me to come over.
5 Kolasinac fought off knife-wielding attackers last month in LondonCredit: Enterprise News and Pictures
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“You put on the arm guard and the big shoulder, and he then comes out with the two dogs, says a command and they’re off the leash and on your arm. They drag you down.”
Speaking alongside Jonathan Walters on social media show Liquid Football, Sidwell added: “One dog can be in the region of about £25,000.
But footballers are easy targets and it won’t be long before you also see them going out with bodyguards just to go shopping.”