By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has had the chance to leave Arsenal in the last 12 years but never seriously considered it.

The Frenchman took over on September 28, 1996 and has led his side to six major trophies. That record, along with the attractive style he has employed, has made Wenger a target for Europe’s elite clubs. Despite that, the 58-year-old has remained loyal.

“I was offered the chance to leave but I never considered leaving,” he said at Friday’s press conference.

"The longer I stay the more difficult it becomes to envisage leaving. But I know one thing - you have to prepare yourself.

"You have to work inside the Club like you will spend your whole life there. But as well you have to accept the idea it can stop from one minute to the next.

"But that is basically life as well - you expect to live for 100 years but you can die from one minute to the next."

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26 Sep 2008