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Paris Attacks: We must not let fear take control, maintains Arsenal boss Wenger

By Staff Reporter

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes "life has to be stronger than fear" after the Frenchman reflected on the atrocities in Paris.

Wenger was in the French capital last Friday when terrorists struck in 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 attacks stands at 129 with many more injured.

The 64-year-old had planned to attend the match, but watched on television instead.

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The Gunners boss, whose players Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were involved in the game and the later friendly against England, was asked for his reflections ahead of tomorrow's 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.

"Tuesday night has shown that it was the right decision (to go ahead). To see the arch of Wembley in French colours had a strong significance for French people. England handled it all with class."

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