Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that Bukayo Saka is a “strong character” and has backed him to overcome the racist abuse directed at him on social media after his penalty miss in England’s shootout defeat to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

The 19-year-old missed England’s final spot kick after team mates Marcus Rashford, 23, and Jadon Sancho, 21, also failed to convert in the shootout, with all three subsequently subjected to racist abuse online.

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The comments prompted a police investigation and brought widespread condemnation.

Arteta told Sky Sports that he had spoken to Saka and that he was sure he would be fine. “He is such a strong character,” said Arteta.

File Photo: Bukayo Saka scores for Arsenal against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany   –  AP


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