Arteta confirms Bukayo Saka “has been down” after Euro 2020 penalty miss, racist attack

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Bukayo Saka has been down after Euro 2020 penalty heartache and racist abuse, stating that the support and love the club’s youngster has received since the final is “the biggest trophy he could have.”

Saka, 19, saw his decisive spot-kick saved in England’s penalty shootout final defeat to Italy on Sunday.

Saka, along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho who were also unable to convert from the spot, were then subjected to abhorrent racist abuse on social media.

Arsenal figures from top to bottom of the club have been in contact with Saka since Sunday’s final to show him their support and that has also been replicated, for all three players, across the world of sport and beyond.

Before Arsenal’s first pre-season friendly against Hibernian the Scottish Premiership side presented the Gunners with one of their shirts with Saka’s name and No. 7 on it in a display of solidarity.

Arteta said: “I have [spoken to him], we all have, he’s been down but the support the love and admiration from everyone in world football I think is the biggest trophy that he can have.

“He had an incredible season he was the best player in our club for the whole season, he played for England, he earned the place to play right there at 19 year-old.

“What else do you want? Yes, the cup but you cannot have everything in this football.”