Arsene Wenger to continue youth project, believes Nasri and Clichy will stay
Written by Jeffrey on April 24, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the Club’s “absolute commitment to youth” will not change next season.
Speaking ahead of today’s away game against Bolton Wanderers, the Frenchman admitted there is always a need to improve but added that this season’s campaign can be archived as a positive one and therefore no radical changes are required in the squad.
The Arsenal boss insisted that the second place in the table and the way his side crashed out of the Champions League against Barcelona show that there is quality in the side and that those believing Arsenal are rubbish are completely wrong.
Asked about the future of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, Wenger concluded by again saying that the parties will meet in the summer adding that he is optimistic that the two will stay at the Club.
On Friday, Wenger said:
We will continue to have an absolute commitment to youth. We will add to that what is needed. I believe you cannot be responsible, be a big club and have no desire to develop young players.
I feel there is always a need to improve the team but if you look at our season you cannot come to the conclusion we need a massive change.
That would be completely stupid because – without speaking about being 4-0 up at Newcastle or the Sunderland draw – if we just beat Liverpool and Tottenham we are two points behind Man United and we still have to play them at home.
You cannot come to a conclusion this team needs a massive change. We lost against Barcelona – just, with ten men. We are up there yet because we have not won trophies people destroy us completely.
But look at the reality. If you are the second-best selling newspaper in the country you do not shut your office. We live in a world where you are the second best by a little and everybody says you are rubbish. It is not true. That is the modern world but it is not the reality.
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. I am very optimistic [that they will stay].