Arsene Wenger hopes France can react in a positive way to Friday’s terror attacks and thanked the English for the solidarity shown at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Confirming he was in Paris when the terrorists launched their assaults the boss revealed his shock at the hatred directed at his homeland’s ‘tolerant and generous’ community.
Speaking on Friday he said: “I was not far from the events…to discover how much your own citizens hate you is a big shock.
“I was late for my appointment, so I was late to the stadium and I decided to watch the game in the hotel where I was. I was more under shock than fearful,” Wenger said.
“You could be scared because it was four different places attacked. You don’t feel secure anywhere.
“Everybody who was in Paris on Friday night was in shock. France is like England – a tolerant and generous country. You have a bit more of a question of security, because it looks like it’s not the end of it.
“A way for us is just to get on with life and to respond in a positive way to the situation.
“We cannot stop everything, try to continue with our lives. It is more a way of life that is being targeted than any individual community.”
At Wembley on Tuesday evening to watch France play England the boss also paid tribute to his adopted country’s celebration of core Gallic values; “liberté, égalité, fraternité.”
“It showed the class of England. The arch of Wembley in French colours was very significant.
“I would like to thank the English community who showed great solidarity. It was a huge shock for our country.”
On an emotional night at Wembley, Laurent Koscielny was visibly upset as the Marseillaise anthem played out before kick-off. The boss confirmed he’ll chat with the defender ahead of this weekend’s game with West Brom.
“On Tuesday you could see he [Koscielny] was not himself and it affected him deeply.”
He added: “If he is not 100 per cent focused to play against West Brom “I will not play him…. You have to trust the player.”