Arsene Wenger today has paid tribute to the English for their heart-warming display of solidarity at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night when Wembley was decked out in French colors and the crowd of 70,000 sang the La Marseillaise before the game.
It was an emotional night indeed in tribute to the 159 innocent people who were killed during the terrorist attacks last Friday night in the center of Paris.
Arsene Wenger – it showed the class of England
The legendary Arsenal manager had this to say during his press conference for the game at West Brom on Saturday:
“I would like to thank the English community and English football who have shown great solidarity. It was a huge shock for our country and our football.”
“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.”
“I was late to the stadium last Friday 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.”
“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.”
“It showed the class of England. The arch of Wembley in French colours was very significant.”
Those are great words from Arsene Wenger.