Mikel Arteta has described the abuse Steve Bruce faced before his Newcastle United sacking as "really sad."

Bruce made it eight games into his third season as manager of his boyhood club and took charge of his 1,000th game in management over the weekend.

But the new regime at St James' Park relieved him of his duties less than a fortnight after their £305million Saudi Arabian-backed takeover.

Arteta asked about about Bruce being sacked ahead of Arsenal 's match at home to Aston Villa on Friday, giving a sombre response and condemning the abuse.

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"I was really sad after reading that statement from Steve," the Spaniard admitted.

"You’re talking about someone that’s been in the game over 40 years that has managed over 1,000 games and he’s telling you with that experience that he struggled with that kind of abuse.

"We can’t take for granted that things are the way they are, no we are here to improve them and change them. I think we have to think about one of the most experienced managers in English history is telling you something.

"For me, it’s a very serious statement and we have to change that."

Bruce's interview made headlines following the announcement of his departure, with the former Magpies boss revealing the job had "taken its toll" on him and that he is considering retirement.

"It has been very, very tough," Bruce told the newspaper in a candid conversation.

"To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a tactically inept cabbage head or whatever.

"From day one."

He continued by admitting: "I think this might be my last job.

"It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that," he elaborated.

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"They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she’s just a fantastic woman, wife and mother and grandmother.

"She dealt with the death of my parents, her's have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years."

Bruce was in his 11th managerial post at St James' Park, with his career in the dugout starting in 1998 with Sheffield United.

He kept the Toon Army in the top tier during both of his full seasons but has also won four promotions from the Championship.

It followed a glittering playing career that, despite not winning an England cap, saw him become a Manchester United hero for his part in their first Premier League title win.

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