Arsene Wenger believes ‘life has to be stronger than fear’ after Paris attacks


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes "life has to be stronger than fear" after the Frenchman reflected on the atrocities in Paris and the ongoing threat of terrorism.

Wenger was in the French capital last Friday when terrorists struck in coordinated attacks across the city, including three suicide bombers detonating vests outside the Stade de France where the national team were playing Germany.

The death toll from the series of attacks stands at 129 with many more seriously injured.

The 64-year-old had planned to attend the match, but a last-minute change meant he watched the game on television from his hotel.

Wenger was at Wembley on Tuesday night when England hosted France and TV cameras captured him singing a rousing rendition of the French national anthem 'La Marseillaise' as the two nations united in a show of solidarity.

The Gunners boss, whose players Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were involved in both games, was asked for his reflections on the events when addressing the media ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against West Brom.

"Life has to be stronger than fear and the way for us to get on with life is to focus on our job," Wenger said.

"You always think after this kind of event: do you continue or do you stop your life, (stop) to play?

"For me they made the right decision and I believe the event on Tuesday night has shown that it was the right decision.

"You cannot stop just everything. We have to continue with our lives and try to get as well people to focus on something else.

"The football world has responded the way you want it to respond in a big union and a big togetherness.

"To see the arch of Wembley in French colors was something that had a strong significance for French people. England handled this situation with a lot of class."

Asked if it would impact on his thoughts attending football stadia, Wenger added: "You have a bit more of a question of security, because it looks like it's not the end of it, in France especially."

Wenger believes Koscielny felt the impact of the horror and will speak to the defender to determine if he is in the right frame of mind to play at The Hawthorns.

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"You could see that on Tuesday night he was not himself," Wenger added.

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