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Saka is a strong character who will withstand the racist abuse-Arteta

Wed 14 July 2021 | 6:15

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted he has spoken to the 19-year-old Saka following England's loss to Italy and says he has a strong character and will be fine.

Arteta was asked if he had been personally involved with

Saka

; The Spaniard told Sky Sports News: "

Yes, I have. We all have, I think, spoken to him, sent messages

.

"He will be fine. He is such a strong character. He has received a lot of love and support from world football, not only with Arsenal but the national team and all the English fans because he doesn't deserve anything like [what] he has been through."

Saka, who made his international debut last October, was very favourite under Arteta and played four games under Southgate at Euro 2020.

"

He has had a phenomenal season,"

added Arteta.

"In football, you want to be part of the greatest, you have to know today, at 19, that you lose more than you win unfortunately in this game and there are no exceptions to that rule."

The UK government has recently taken steps to counter online insults. Arteta stressed that now is the time to ensure that significant progress has been made in preventing further hatred and punishing perpetrators.

"Hopefully we can use now to make a strong statement and we have to stop racial abuse on social media and people using social media to hide and put people in really bad places.

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

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