Mikel Arteta outlines Arsenal’s plan for Saka after England penalty heartbreak

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes to make a "strong statement" following the online abuse targeted at Bukayo Saka on Sunday evening.

The 19-year-old saw his penalty saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the final of Euro 2020, knowing that he had to score to keep England's hopes of victory alive.

Saka, along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, were all racially abused on social media after failing to convert from 12 yards, with manager Gareth Southgate describing the hateful messages as "unforgiveable".

The Arsenal youngster was visibly distraught after missing his penalty, though Arteta has revealed he has spoken with the teenager and expects him to bounce back from this difficult situation.

Asked if he had been in contact with Saka, the Gunners' boss told Sky Sports: "Yes, I have. We all have spoken to and messaged him. He will be fine, he's such a strong character.

"He has received a lot of love and support from the world of football, not only at Arsenal but with the national team and all the English fans because he doesn't deserve anything like he has been through.

"He had a phenomenal season. In football you want to be part of the greatest but you have to know that, today at 19, you will lose more than you win in this game. There are no exceptions to that rule."

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There have been calls for social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram to clamp down on users sending racial abuse, with many backing the idea of individuals requiring ID to set-up an account.

Arteta is fully behind tougher measures being introduced and hopes to see action taken.

"Hopefully we can use now to make a strong statement. We have to stop that racial abuse on social media and people using social media to hide and put people in really bad places," said the Arsenal boss after his side's pre-season defeat to Hibernian this afternoon.

"Hopefully the laws will become stronger, we will all try to make a strong case out of that and hopefully it can have a big impact. I think it is the moment to put that right."

  • Arsenal FC
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Premier League
  • England Football Team
  • Euro 2020
  • Gareth Southgate

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