By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes he has been “very lucky” to have spent the last 15 years in charge of Arsenal.

Last week the Frenchman conceded he was not one for anniversary celebrations but ahead of the North London derby he took time to briefly reflect on his Gunners career so far.

“First of all I think I have been very lucky to spend 15 years at this Club, that's how I really feel,” said Wenger. “For the rest I live in the present and the future so I hate to look back.

“I use the history to improve, that's what I want to do. I am grateful and lucky to have spent so much time at this Club and I will try to do my best in the next game.”

Wenger has overseen a major transition since arriving at the Club in 1996, transforming the Gunners into one of the major forces in English football. But despite four FA Cups and three Premier League titles Wenger says he had no idea how long he would last in the job.

"One week, two weeks if I was lucky,” he joked. “I didn't know. I was in exactly the same frame of mind as I am now.

“I try to do well and see if it works or not, see if I’m rejected or not, if I can win or not. It’s like any manager when you go in somewhere."

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