Arsenal boss Arteta calls on social media giants to tackle online abuse of players

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Arteta has urged social media giants to prevent the abuse of players by online trolls.

Marcus Rashford and Southampton’s Alex Jankewitz are among those to recently face racial abuse, while a teenager was spared a criminal conviction this week for sending racist messages to Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

Arteta said: ‘I think it (abuse) has to be eradicated completely. Social media has a big responsibility.

‘You talk about the mental health of players and how exposed they are. It is causing a lot of damage, so we have to be really strong.’

Arteta takes his team to Aston Villa on Saturday, when Arsenal will be without both David Luiz and Bernd Leno.

Although Southampton’s Jan Bednarek saw his red card against Manchester United overturned, Arsenal failed in their appeal over Luiz’s dismissal in Tuesday’s defeat by Wolves.

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