The terrorist attack that killed 22 people in Manchester on Monday night has put security ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup final into the spotlight.
With 90,000 people set to descend on Wembley Stadium, the Arsenal manager was asked about safety in his pre-match press conference.
This is what he had to say:
on whether Arsenal will take on added security…
No, we will have our usual security. We are in the middle of it on the day of the game and the day before a game, so usually when you are involved in the competition you don’t really realise what’s happening all around. We live a little bit in our own bubble so we are a bit isolated from that. You of course want the best level of security. I’m French and we’ve lived in an emergency state in France for a long time now. What the police are doing isn’t usually visible, but of course you want the best level of security.
on events in Manchester putting football into perspective…
Of course. You want people to go to enjoy life, but then you have people dying at concerts. It’s absolutely unacceptable and really sad. I was in Paris on the night when it happened on November 13, 2015. It’s a huge shock and our solidarity and compassion is completely total with the city of Manchester.
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