Arsenal supporters are full of praise for Hibernian following their classy touch prior to this evening’s pre-season meeting.
The Gunners faced Hibs at Easter Road this evening and the Scottish club made a nice gesture before the clash kicked off.
Following the abhorrent racist abuse Bukayo Saka received on Sunday night for his penalty miss in England’s shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, the club placed a ‘Saka 7′ Hibs shirt alongside the Arsenal jersey.
The north London club then took to its official Twitter page to say: “Solidarity. (handshake emoji) @HibernianFC)”, followed by an image of the two shirts alongside each other.
It is a lovely touch from the Scottish Premier League outfit ahead of the Gunners’ start to pre-season and Arsenal’s fan base have been full of praise for their opponents this evening.
Saka, as well as his England team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, were all subject to racially aggravated abuse as the Three Lions lost their first final in 55 years.
There’s been widespread condemnation of the abuse, including from Arsenal, who released a statement on Monday morning.
“Last night, we saw Bukayo Saka reach the Euro 2020 final at the age of 19 years old,” the statement on the Gunners’ official website read.
“Bukayo has been with us since he was seven and the whole club couldn’t have been prouder to see him represent England throughout the tournament. You could feel it right across the club.
“Last night we witnessed the leadership and character we’ve always known and loved in Bukayo.
“However, this feeling of pride quickly turned to sorrow at the racist comments our young player was subjected to on his social media platforms after the final whistle.
“Once again, we are sad to have to say we condemn the racism of a number black players.
“This cannot continue and the social media platforms and authorities must act to ensure this disgusting abuse to which our players are subjected on a daily basis stops now.”
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Arsenal added: “We have processes in place internally at Arsenal to ensure our players are supported both emotionally and practically on this issue but sadly there is only so much we can do.
“Our message to Bukayo is: hold your head high, we are so very proud of you and we cannot wait to welcome you back home to Arsenal soon.”