Arsenal ex-defender,Emmanuel Eboue 35, has been taken to police station in north London.
According to the Mirror, Police said the man has been detained on suspicion of arson and malicious communications outside a home in Enfield.
Friends are understood to be concerned for the former full-back’s mental and emotional state.
They also fear he is unable to afford legal representation after being left broke following a failed appeal against his acrimonious divorce.
A Met Police statement read: “Police investigating an alleged arson at a residential address in Enfield on Saturday, 30 June, arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of arson and malicious communications outside the address at around 17:00hrs on Saturday, 7 July.
“He was taken to a north London police station where he currently remains.”
Eboue appeared to have been thrown a lifeline last month when he was invited to play for the Gunners’ legends side at the Bernabeu in Spain.