By Chris Harris
Arsenal's players have it in them to win trophies in their own inimitable style, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman's squad are up against it in their bid to pip Manchester United to the Premier League title and critics have suggested that Wenger needs to change his philosophy in order to deliver success.
At his pre-match press conference, it was put to Wenger that key men like Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri may walk away if trophies continue to elude Arsenal but the manager insists that is wide of the mark.
"They have the opportunity here to do it in their own way, with their own philosophy, with their own togetherness," said Wenger.
"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.
"Why should we sell Cesc [even if we received a 'silly' offer]? In our job it is difficult to know what is silly money. We have built our team around Cesc and we have Wilshere now as well and we want to keep doing that."
"There are two trophies in the season: the championship and the Champions League. And they go only to two clubs. I don't see why every time you would have a movement of players every season - that is unbelievable.
"Players cannot afford to be as patient as a fan or [the media] because they only have five or six years at the top of their game. Nobody asks them to wait. We can win straight away.
"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. It's very difficult to say that if you do not win I go."
Nasri and Gael Clichy have just over a year remaining on their respective contracts but Wenger believes both will agree new deals this summer.
"We are talking to Nasri and his agent already and we have the same situation with Clichy," explained the manager. "We have agreed to speak about it during the summer.
"I am very optimistic [that they will stay]."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source