Arsene Wenger explains why he didn't attend France vs Germany

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was in Paris during Friday night's terrorist attacks. 

As reported by the Independent, the Gunners chief has revealed that he was set to attend the Stade de France for France's match against Germany, but he had to watch on from his hotel room after being late for an appointment. 

The stadium was targeted during the attacks and Wenger has admitted that he was in shock as the news broke on Friday evening. 


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Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash against West Brom, the Gunners chief stated: "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.

"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."

England vs France 

Wenger was present as England played host to France on Tuesday evening, and the Arsenal chief has admitted that it was a nice 'gesture of solidarity' as fans of the Three Lions sang the French national anthem. 

In fact, the revered coach claims that England showed a touch of class by lighting up the Wembley arch in the French colours. 

The Arsenal chief continued: "It is a nice gesture of solidarity. It is not an obvious one for the fans - just like it would not be an obvious one for fans in France to sing 'God Save the Queen', so symbolically it is a very nice gesture.

"It was fantastic for France and it showed the class of England to see the arch of Wembley in French colours."

"You always think after this kind of event - do you continue to play or do you stop your life? For me they made the right decision and the event on Tuesday night has shown it was the right decision.

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

A remarkable occasion

Ultimately, Wenger is right; Tuesday's clash at Wembley was an extraordinary occasion for all involved. Football has had its critics over the years, but the coming together of everyone in the stadium was rather special. 

What did you make of Tuesday's game? Have your say below! 

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