Wenger hopes to tie down Nasri

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Arsene Wenger is "very optimistic" Samir Nasri will extend his contract with Arsenal - and sees no reason why all the current squad cannot fulfil their desire for success at Emirates Stadium.

The 23-year-old France midfielder Nasri and full-back Gael Clichy are moving towards the final year of their current deals. Wenger is determined to keep hold of the group, building the team around captain Cesc Fabregas and England teenager Jack Wilshere.

The Gunners boss said: "We are talking to Nasri and his agent already and we have the same situation with Clichy. We have agreed to speak about it during the summer."

Wenger added: "The players have the opportunity here to do it in their own way, with their own philosophy, with their own togetherness.

"When you sign a contract for four or five years, you are committed through your contract to win trophies with the club where you sign. It is in no contract that if you do not win a trophy the first year, you can leave."

Wenger maintains Arsenal will continue to have an "absolute commitment to youth" as they look to stay ahead of the likes of big-spending Manchester City. However, the Gunners boss also suggested he was ready to add "what was needed" this summer to keep his squad competitive.

"Nobody asks them to wait. We can win straight away," Wenger continued. "You speak like the players are not responsible for winning trophies. They are as well responsible, as I am, as the fans are.

"Why do you think we pay the players? A club, a football team, is a togetherness between the manager, the players, the club, the philosophy, and a commitment.

"After that you can have some individual situations, but it cannot be a philosophy that if at any time we do not win I should move on.

"It is down to belief, the direct consequence of the motivation you put into your next game. If your belief is very low, your feeling is very low. What I think we can get from our performances is the belief that we have the quality."

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