Wenger hopes to tie down Nasri

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. “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.” Wenger takes his side to Bolton on Sunday afternoon

fighting to stay in the title race after another missed opportunity

to close the gap on leaders Manchester United when they drew 3-3 at

Tottenham having at one stage held a two-goal lead. The Gunners

boss, however, maintains all is not yet lost. “We are fighting for

the championship and I am always sitting in a position where you

force me to explain why we fail,” Wenger said. “For me it’s not a

comfortable situation because we are fighting in a period where the

most important thing is to have belief in what we do and you keep

saying ‘why have you failed to win?’. “Let’s just play for it first

and have a go. “For me it is important to give absolutely

everything until the last game of the season, to be proud, and

then, as I have said many times, if there has been somebody better

we will have to accept that. “But at the moment I don’t accept that

there is somebody better.”