Arsenal’s Bernd Leno told to "do a Robert Enke" by vile internet troll

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was once told by a vile online troll to copy Robert Enke, who committed suicide in 2009.

Leno claims he stopped reading comments on social media years ago after being targeted following a bad game for former club Bayer Leverkusen.

Former Germany keeper Enke tragically took his own life at the age of just 32 after suffering from depression.

Leno’s revelation comes after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed last week that his family received online threats.

Gunners keeper Leno said: “I have a lot of experience with that, here and also in Germany. There was one thing that kept in my mind, it was crazy.

“I had a very bad game and then one guy on social media said to me 'do it like Enke’.

“Since I read this I realise that there are so many stupid people on social media.

“That is the reason I don't read it even when everything is good. I don't need that, it doesn't make me better, it is wasting time.

“There are so many fake people that hide behind their computers to make you feel bad.

“Many times with racism, abuse to families, I don't like it, I don't read it. It affects your life, what is the point?"

Meanwhile, a study by a data science company has found that Arsenal season-ticket holders racially abused midfielder Granit Xhaka on Twitter.

Analysis by Signify showed 16 instances of Xhaka being targeted with racist abuse last December, including from accounts who ‘self-identify' as season-ticket holders.

The study has also revealed homophobic abuse towards Arsenal's Hector Bellerin.

A club spokesman said: “One of the biggest challenges we face is identifying the perpetrators and linking them directly to our season ticket or membership databases.

“When we do have that information, we take the strongest possible action. This includes reporting to the police and membership bans from our club.”

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