• Arsenal manager says Bruce comments ‘a serious statement’
  • Arteta: ‘It’s a man, a family – I think we have to reflect’

Mikel Arteta says football must come together to discuss how managers can be protected from levels of vitriol that in some cases affect their mental health. The Arsenal manager was talking after Steve Bruce opened up about the abuse he received from Newcastle supporters, which has led him to consider retiring from the sport.

Earlier this year Arteta spoke of online threats received by his family and he said Bruce’s comments should be a further wake-up call in efforts to improve the conditions amid which people in his role work, putting particular emphasis on the fact his colleague is one of the most experienced managers in the game. Bruce left Newcastle on Wednesday, as had been widely expected, and said he may not return to management.

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